New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pulse of perseverance : three black doctors on their journey to success.

June 22, 2018
©2017
187 pages ; 23 cm
Book I / Pierre Johnson MD -- Book II / Maxime Madhere MD -- Book III / Joseph Semien Jr MD.
The authors each tell their story, from growing up in New York City and Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New Orleans, to their meeting as premed students at Xavier University of Louisiana, to becoming board certified physicians, fathers and community mentors.

Uncensored : my life and uncomfortable conversations at the intersection of black and white America

June 21, 2018
Wood, Zachary R., author.
©2018
x, 257 pages ; 22 cm
Crossroads -- Dads' Day -- One call -- Starting over again -- Comeback route -- The void -- Gravity -- Circling -- Friday nights -- Shoulder to the wheel -- Evolution.
"As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs--sometimes vehemently so--and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media. But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing--from a difficult early childhood filled with pain, uncertainty, and conflict to the struggles of code-switching between his home in a rough neighborhood and his elite private school--Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others, in a nation and a world that has never felt more polarized. In Uncensored, he hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus and across the country."--Page [2] of cover.

Old in art school : a memoir of starting over

June 20, 2018
Painter, Nell Irvin, author.
©2018
xvi, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: You'll never be an artist -- How old are you? -- Leaving my former life -- Getting there -- So much to learn -- Familiar artists, new ways -- Illustration versus the context of art -- Transcription -- Look like an artist -- Drawing -- I could not draw my mother dying -- A bad decision -- Euphoria -- Grief -- Peers -- Crit -- Art school + history history -- You'll never be an artist -- Discovery -- MFA thesis -- And now? -- Newark artist -- Art history by Nell Painter -- Coda: Happy ending.
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, "You will never be an artist"? Who defines what "An Artist" is and all that goes with such an identity?--from publisher's description.

The bone and sinew of the land : America's forgotten black pioneers & the struggle for equality

June 18, 2018
Cox, Anna-Lisa, author.
©2018
xviii, 280 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Life, liberty" -- Interlude: "We hold these truths to be self-evident" -- "The pursuit of happiness" -- "And secure the blessings of liberty." -- "To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." -- "Burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people" -- "The right of the people to peaceably assemble." -- "For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments" -- "A history of repeated injuries and usurpations." -- Conclusion: "All men are created equal".
"The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early settlers who tamed the wilderness and built the bones of our great country as courageous, independent--and white. In this groundbreaking work of deep historical research, Anna-Lisa Cox shows that this history simply isn't accurate. In fact, she has found a stunning number of black settlements on the frontier--in the thousands. Though forgotten today, these homesteads were a matter of national importance at the time; their mere existence challenged rationalizations for slavery and pushed the question toward a crisis--one that was not resolved until the eruption of the Civil War. Blending meticulous detail with lively storytelling, Cox brings historical recognition to the brave people who managed not just to secure their freedom but begin a battle that is still going on today--a battle for equality."--Provided by publisher.

Charles White : a retrospective

June 15, 2018
White, Charles, 1918-1979.
New Haven : Yale University Press
247 pages ; 32 cm
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art.
Foreword / James Rondeau and Glenn D. Lowry -- Acknowledgments / Sarah Kelly Oehler and Esther Adler -- A black artist named White / Kerry James Marshall -- Yesterday, today, tomorrow : Charles White's murals and history as art / Sarah Kelly Oehler -- "Graphic interpreter of the black people" : Charles White as draftsman and printmaker / Mark Pascale -- Plates : Chicago and the war years -- Charles White, feminist at midcentury / Kellie Jones -- In search of beauty : Charles White's exposures / Deborah Willis -- Plates : New York -- Charles White's art and activism in southern California / Ilene Susan Fort -- Charles White, artist and teacher / Esther Adler -- Plates : Los Angeles -- Chronology / compiled by John Murphy and Ashley James -- Selected inventory of Charles White's library / compiled by Ashley James -- Selected exhibition history / compiled by John Murphy and Stacy Kammert -- Checklist of the exhibition -- Selected bibliography -- Index -- Photography credits.
"This is a revelatory reassessment of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century: Charles White (1918-1979) is best known for bold, large-scale paintings and drawings of African Americans, meticulously executed works that depict human relationships and socioeconomic struggles with a remarkable sensitivity. This comprehensive study offers a much-needed reexamination of the artist's career and legacy. With handsome reproductions of White's finest paintings, drawings, and prints, the volume introduces his work to contemporary audiences, reclaims his place in the art-historical narrative, and stresses the continuing relevance of his insistent dedication to producing positive social change through art. Tracing White's career from his emergence in Chicago to his mature practice as an artist, activist, and educator in New York and Los Angeles, leading experts provide insights into White's creative process, his work as a photographer, his political activism and interest in history, the relationship between his art and his teaching, and the importance of feminism in his work. A preface by Kerry James Marshall addresses White's significance as a mentor to an entire generation of practitioners and underlines the importance of this largely overlooked artist"-- Provided by publisher.

Five for freedom : the African American soldiers in John Brown's army

June 14, 2018
Meyer, Eugene L., author.
Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, [2018]
xxi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- One bright hopem -- The Oberlin connection -- North to Canada -- The road to Harpers Ferry -- The raid -- Trial and punishment -- Remains of the day -- The aftermath -- Hapless Haywood Shepherd -- To preserve this sacred shrine -- Commemorations.
"A close examination of the five African American soldiers in John Brown's army and the raid on Harpers Ferry"-- Provided by publisher.

My soul has grown deep : Black art from the American South

June 12, 2018
Finley, Cheryl, author.
New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2018]
116 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
This catalogue is published in conjunction with "History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift," on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from May 22 through September 23, 2018.
My Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of self-taught Black artists, many working under conditions of poverty and isolation, in the American South. It features paintings and drawings, mixed-media and sculptural works, and quilts, including pieces ranging from the pioneering paintings of Thornton Dial (1928-2016) to the renowned quilts made in Gee's Bend, Alabama. Nearly 60 remarkable works of art--originally collected by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation--are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the context of rural Southern life, simultaneously revealing their connections to mainstream contemporary art while considering them on their own terms. Art historians Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, and Amelia Peck illuminate the artists' novel use of found or salvaged materials and the striking graphic aesthetic of the quilts, while a thoughtful essay by novelist Darryl Pinckney provides the historical and political context of the American South, during and after the Civil Rights era, in which this art is grounded. Each of the works, described and outstandingly illustrated, tells a remarkable story of artists who faced enormous difficulties, and whose creativity and determination produced extraordinary and unique forms of artistic expression.

Black Klansman : race, hate, and the undercover investigation of a lifetime

June 8, 2018
Stallworth, Ron, author.
©2014
191 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2014 under the same title by Police and Fire Publishing"--Title page verso.
A call from the Klan -- Jackie Robinson and Black Panthers -- I'm the voice, you're the face -- My new friend David -- Fireman and brimstone -- Part of our posse -- KKKolorado -- Induction -- Duke of Colorado -- Rocky Mountain fortress -- Up in smoke.
Relates how African American detective Ron Stallworth went undercover to investigate the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in 1978, describing how he disrupted Klan activities and exposed white supremacists in the military during the months-long investigation.

What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America

June 8, 2018
Dyson, Michael Eric, author.
©2018
294 pages ; 20 cm
"June 2018"--Title page verso.
The martyrs -- The meeting -- The politicians : whiteness and the state -- The artists : dangerous intersections -- The intellectuals : black on black minds -- The activists 1 : policy and witness -- The activists 2 : bad niggers -- After the meeting : resurrection for RFK -- Even if : Wakanda. Forever.
"In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith's relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence. Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry--that the black folk assembled didn't understand politics, and that they weren't as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy's anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. "I guess if I were in his shoes...I might feel differently about this country." Kennedy set about changing policy--the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways. There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he'd never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys' efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy--versus the racial experience of Baldwin--is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists."

Black regulars in the War of 1812

June 7, 2018
Johnson, Eric E. (Eric Eugene), 1949- author.
©2015
68 pages ; 27 cm
This work identified 396 Black men who did enlist in he U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and another 52 men who may have been Black due to their physical descriptions as found in their enlistment papers.

There is something about Edgefield : shining a light on the Black community through history, genealogy & genetic DNA

June 7, 2018
Bush, Edna Gail, author.
©2017
301, cccxxx pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

No ashes in the fire : coming of age black & free in America

May 30, 2018
Moore, Darnell L., 1976- author.
New York : Nation Books, 2018.
vii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Passage -- Ripples -- Magic -- Touch -- Run -- Unbecoming -- Return -- Lessons.
"When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire as he was walking home from school. Darnell was tall and awkward and constantly bullied for being gay. That afternoon, one of the boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match. It was too windy, and luckily Darnell's aunt arrived in time to grab Darnell and pull him to safety. It was not the last time he would face death. What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, poor, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Darnell was raised in Camden, NJ, the son of two teenagers on welfare struggling to make ends meet. He explored his sexuality during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when being gay was a death sentence. He was beaten down and ignored by white and black America, by his school, and even his church, the supposed place of sanctuary. He made it out, but as he quickly learned, escaping Camden, escaping poverty, and coming out do not guarantee you freedom. It wasn't until Darnell was pushed into the spotlight at a Newark rally after the murder of a young queer woman that he found his voice and his calling. He became a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life mattered. In recovering the beauty, joy, and love in his own life, No Ashes in the Fire gives voice to the rich, varied experiences of all those who survive on the edges of the margins. In the process, he offers a path toward liberation"-- Provided by publisher.

Black Lives Matter

May 25, 2018
Harris, Duchess, author.
©2018
48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm.
Hands up, don't shoot -- A long history -- Growing awareness -- On the ground -- Moving forward.
What started as a hashtag in 2013 quickly grew into the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter examines the police shootings that fueled the movement, the events that led up to racial tensions in the United States, and the goals the movement has set for the future. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Secret genealogy V : black, white and hamite : ancestors of color in our family trees

May 24, 2018
Ocean, Suellen, author.
Grass Valley, CA : Ocean-Hose, [2016]
106 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

Secret genealogy III : from Jewish-Anglo-Saxon tribes to New France Acadians

May 24, 2018
Ocean, Suellen.
Grass Valley, CA : Ocean-Hose, ©2012.
101 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The ancient history of English Royalty, Germans, Native-Americans, African-Americans, Gypsies, Cajuns, Creoles, Dutch, Swiss Italian Jews and Jewish Western Pioneers are discussed in an easy to understand manner"--Back cover.

Soul : a chef's culinary evolution in 150 recipes

May 23, 2018
Richards, Todd, author.
New York, NY : Oxmoor House, 2018.
366 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"Southern living"--Spine.
Collards -- Onions -- Berries -- Lamb -- Seafood -- Corn -- Tomatoes -- Melons -- Stone fruit -- Eggs & poultry -- Pork & beef -- Beans & rice -- Roots -- Essentials.
Presents recipes inspired by the author's soul food roots, including such dishes as collard waffles, sausage-stuffed onions, smoked oysters on toast, oxtail potpies, and potato-crusted flounder.

Trouble so hard : labor and life in the African-American community, Edenton town, North Carolina, 1870-1900

May 23, 2018
Childs, Audrey Jean Sapp, author.
Berwyn Heights, Md. : Heritage Books, 2017.
xx, 199 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
1870 "Making a way out of no way" -- 1880 "Revive us again" -- 1900 "I will trust in the lord" -- Articles from Fisherman and farmer: Daily life and people ; Education ; Entertainment and sports ; Entrepreneurship and labor ; Politics and civics ; Religion.
"The author is a descendant of slaves, Provey Cox and Betty Cox, who made it through to see freedom in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina. Provey and Betty were married in 1831 and sold to separate owners in 1832. In 1866, Provey and Betty and their children were reunited. Provey registered to vote in 1867, and in the 1870 census, Provey and Betty were listed as people rather than as tally marks in a slave owner's column. Harriet Jacobs (a former Edenton slave, author and abolitionist) and Golden Frinks (one of North Carolina's most important civil rights leaders) are significant figures in Edenton's African-American history; however, they are not the only African-Americans that contributed to Edenton. There are many African-Americans who did not rise to the ranks of popular and local recognition. Everyday workers and laborers; farm, field and factory hands; nurses and cooks; fishermen and carpenters... they all helped to build Edenton for all of its residents, black and white. Their contributions are acknowledged here. This book is grouped into two parts. Part One includes: 1870 'Making a Way Out of No Way,' 1880 'Revive Us Again,' and 1900 'I Will Trust in the Lord.' Part Two includes: articles from Edenton's newspaper, Fisherman and farmer; Daily life and people; Education; Entertainment and sports; Entrepreneurship and labor; Politics and civics; and Religion. A bibliography and a full-name index add to the value of this work"--Back cover.

"Those who labor for my happiness" : slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

May 23, 2018
Stanton, Lucia C.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
xiv, 369 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Jefferson and slavery. "Those who labor for my happiness": Thomas Jefferson and his slaves ; Looking for liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the British lions ; "A well-ordered household": domestic servants in Jefferson's White House ; Jefferson's people: slavery at Monticello ; Perfecting slvaery: rational plantation management at Monticello -- Families in slavery. The other end of the telescope: Jefferson through the eyes of his slaves ; Free some day: the African American families of Monticello -- Families in freedom. Monticello to Main Street: The Hemings family and Charlottesville ; Bonds of memory: identity and the Hemings family / Lucia Stanton and Dianne Swann-Wright ; "We will prove ourselves men": hemings descendants in the Civil War ; Fulfilling the Declaration: descendants of Monticello's African American families.
"Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of slaves. At the center of this transition has been the work of Lucia 'Cinder' Stanton, recognized as the leading interpreter of Jefferson's life as a planter and master and of the lives of his slaves and their descendants. This volume represents the first attempt to pull together Stanton's most important writings on slavery at Monticello and beyond. Stanton's pioneering work revealed Jefferson's psychology in crucial ways, deepening our understanding of him without demonizing him. Perhaps even more important is the light her writings have shed on the lives of the slaves at Monticello. Her detailed reconstruction for modern readers of the life of the slave is more than vivid; it reveals an active role in the creation of Monticello and a dynamic community previously unimagined. The essays collected here address Jefferson and the lives of his slaves from a rich variety of perspectives, from family histories (including the Hemingses) to the temporary slave community at Jefferson's White House to stories of former slaves' lives after Monticello. Each piece is characterized by Stanton's deep knowledge of her subject and by her determination to do justice to both Jefferson and his slaves"--Publisher description.

I'm still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness

May 21, 2018
Brown, Austin Channing, author.
©2018
185 pages ; 20 cm
White people are exhausting -- Playing spades -- The other side of harmony -- Ain't no friends here -- Whiteness at work -- Interlude: Why I love being a black girl -- White fragility -- Nice white people -- The story we tell -- Creative anger -- Interlude: How to survive racism in an organization that claims to be antiracist -- The ritual of fear -- A God for the accused -- We're still here -- Interlude: A letter to my son -- Justice, then reconciliation -- Standing in the shadow of hope.
The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.

A girl stands at the door : the generation of young women who desegregated America's schools

May 18, 2018
Devlin, Rachel, author.
©2018
xxx, 342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Roots of change: Lucile Blueford's long crusade -- "This lone negro girl": Ada Lois Spiuel, desegregation champion -- Girls on the front line: grassroots challenges in the late 1940s -- Laying the groundwork: Esther Brown and the struggle in South Park, Kansas -- "Hearts and minds": the road to Brown v. Board of Education -- "Take care of my baby": the isolation of the first "firsts" -- "We raised our hands and said 'yes we will go'": desegregating schools in the mid-1960s.
"A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today's ongoing struggles for equality"--Amazon.com.

Let us fight as free men : black soldiers and civil rights

May 18, 2018
Knauer, Christine.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2014.
341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Fighting for respect -- Coming home -- Stepping up the fight -- Mass civil disobedience -- Truman's order -- A country they never knew -- Black men at war -- A mixed army.
"Today, the military is one the most racially diverse institutions in the United States. But for many decades African American soldiers battled racial discrimination and segregation within its ranks. In the years after World War II, the integration of the armed forces was a touchstone in the homefront struggle for equality -- though its importance is often overlooked in contemporary histories of the civil rights movement. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from press reports and newspapers to organizational and presidential archives, historian Christine Knauer recounts the conflicts surrounding black military service and the fight for integration. Let Us Fight as Free Men shows that, even after their service to the nation in World War II, it took the persistent efforts of black soldiers, as well as civilian activists and government policy changes, to integrate the military. In response to unjust treatment during and immediately after the war, African Americans pushed for integration on the strength of their service despite the oppressive limitations they faced on the front and at home. Pressured by civil rights activists such as A. Philip Randolph, President Harry S. Truman passed an executive order that called for equal treatment in the military. Even so, integration took place haltingly and was realized only after the political and strategic realities of the Korean War forced the Army to allow black soldiers to fight alongside their white comrades. While the war pushed the civil rights struggle beyond national boundaries, it also revealed the persistence of racial discrimination and exposed the limits of interracial solidarity. Let Us Fight as Free Men reveals the heated debates about the meaning of military service, manhood, and civil rights strategies within the African American community and the United States as a whole."--From the dust-jacket front flap.

Pulse of the people : political rap music and black politics

May 18, 2018
Bonnette, Lakeyta M. (Lakeyta Monique), 1981- author.
©2015
219 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : Watch for the hook -- Behind the music : Black political attitudes and rap music -- Music and political resistance : The cultural foundation of black politics -- It's bigger than hip-hop : Rap music and black nationalism -- Beyond the music : Black feminism and rap music -- the future of politics : The implications of rap music and political attitudes -- Conclusion : It's still bigger than hip-hop : The future of rap and politics.
"Pulse of the People lays a foundation for the study of political rap music and public opinion research and demonstrates ways in which political attitudes asserted in the music have been transformed into direct action and behavior of constitutents"--Jacket.

Soldiering for freedom : how the Union army recruited, trained, and deployed the U.S. Colored Troops

May 18, 2018
Luke, Bob.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
x, 131 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
How racism impeded the recruitment of black soldiers -- How slaves and freedmen earned their brass buttons -- How white officers learned to command black troops -- How blacks became soldiers -- How black troops gained the glory and paid the price.
After President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, Confederate slaves who could reach Union lines often made that perilous journey. A great many of the young and middle-aged among them, along with other black men in the free and border slave states, joined the Union army. These U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as the War Department designated most black units, materially helped to win the Civil War--performing a variety of duties, fighting in some significant engagements, and proving to the Confederates that Northern manpower had practically no limits. Soldiering for Freedom explains how Lincoln's administration came to recognize the advantages of arming free blacks and former slaves and how doing so changed the purpose of the war. Bob Luke and John David Smith narrate and analyze how former slaves and free blacks found their way to recruiting centers and made the decision to muster in. As Union military forces recruited, trained, and equipped ex-slave and free black soldiers in the last two years of the Civil War, white civilian and military authorities often regarded the African American soldiers with contempt. They relegated the men of the USCT to second-class treatment compared to white volunteers. The authors show how the white commanders deployed the black troops, and how the courage of the African American soldiers gave hope for their full citizenship after the war. Including twelve evocative historical engravings and photographs, this engaging and meticulously researched book provides a fresh perspective on a fascinating topic. Appropriate for history students, scholars of African American history, or military history buffs, this compelling and informative account will provide answers to many intriguing questions about the U.S. Colored Troops, Union military strategy, and race relations during and after the tumultuous Civil War.

The road to dawn : Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War

May 16, 2018
Brock, Jared, author.
New York, NY : PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group, [2018]
xvi, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Port Tobacco -- The wounded leader -- Kentucky bound -- Double cross -- Murder and providence -- The great escape -- The struggle for life -- The great exhibition -- The real Uncle Tom -- Homecoming -- Epilogue.
"The Road to Dawn tells the improbable story of Josiah Henson, a slave who spent forty-two years in pre-Civil War bondage in the American South and eventually escaped with his wife and four young children, travelling 600 miles and eventually settling with his family as a free man across the border in Canada. Once there, Henson rescued 118 more slaves and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement called Dawn. He was immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin."--Provided by publisher.

The promise and the dream : the untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

May 16, 2018
Margolick, David. author.
New York : Rosetta Books [2018]
400 pages ; illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
"A Lawrence Schiller Book"--Title page.
History would keep them together -- Look the enemy in the eye -- The face of courage -- The unkindest cut -- The meeting -- As old as the scriptures -- The least worst thing -- How long? Not long! -- Ripple of hope -- A fine pair -- Change would come -- The political equation -- What they did to Jack -- There were no words.
No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both assassinated, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons. Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country's trajectory. As trailblazers in the civil rights movement, leaders in their respective communities, and political powerhouses with enormous personal appeal, no single pairing of white and black ever mattered more in American history. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two, documented with firsthand interviews from close sources, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped, contemporaneous newspaper accounts. At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren't interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Yet the distance they maintained from one another reflected much broader tensions between the races in the United States, and their nearly simultaneous deaths embodied the nation's violent predilections and ongoing racial turmoil. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face. Complemented by eighty-three revealing photographs by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation's history. "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." --Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 "In this difficult day, in this difficult time... It is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in." --Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 -- Publisher description

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