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1 da Costa, Emilia Viotti. Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood: The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 
Octavo, navy blue cloth & boards (hardcover), xix, 378 pp. Near-Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with very slight edgewear. “...Tells the riveting story of a pivotal moment in the history of slavery. Studying the complaints brought by slaves to the office of the Protector of Slaves, she reconstructs the experience of slavery through the eyes of the Demerara slaves themselves. Da Casta also draws on eyewitness accounts, official records, and private journals (most notable the diary of John Smith...), to paint a vivid portrait of a society in transistion, shaken to its foundations by the recent revolutions in America, France and Haiti. Smith and his wife, Jane, the planters and colonial politicians, and the leaders of the rebellion emerge as flesh-and-blood individuals, players trapped in a complex political game none of them could fully understand...She details the colonials's orgy of repression following the rebellion -- scores of slaves were sentenced more or less at random to grisly public executions and ritualistic floggings, and Smith died in his cell before news arrived that the Crown had granted him mercy -- and shows how it fueled the anti-slavery movement in Britain, leading to the abolishment of slavery in the colonies ten years later...An original and unforgettable book.” 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 Egejuru, Phanuel Akubueze. Black Writers: White Audience. A Critical Approach to African Literature.
Hicksville, NY: Exposition Press, An Exposition-University Book, (1978). First Edition. 
Octavo, black leatherette (hardcover), gilt letters, 255 pp. Near-Fine, with light rubbing to gilt letters and small former-owner signature; in a Near-Fine, mylar protected dust jacket with light rubbing. From dust jacket: What special problems confront the modern African writer? Who is his audience? his publisher? his judge? How does each of these influence his artistic perceptions? How does he, on one hand, impart his vision of life -- rooted as it is in his African experience -- to his European audience? Conversely, how does the Western-educated African elite influence his subject matter? What about the large native population that is mostly uneducated by Western standards? There are some of the questions Phanuel Egejuru answers in her brilliant analysis of African literature, which focuses, in turn, on its audience, place of publication, language, content, and form... 
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3 Greene, Melissa Fay. Praying for Sheetrock, A Work of Nonfiction.
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., (1991). First Edition, First Printing. 
Octavo, white cloth & blue boards (hardcover), map illus. endpapers, x + 337 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing; in a Fine (As New), mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: In the 1970s, along the subtropical coast of Georgia, two old and isolated communities -- one white, one black -- began to eye each other by the light of strange new political realities. Years after the struggle for civil equality between the races transformed much of the rest of the South, news of the outside world filtered into McIntosh County, and the resultant mass meetings, boycotts, and lawsuits altered the old country customs forever. Praying for Sheetrock is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community, and of the downfall of a flamboyant renegade sheriff and his courthouse gang. It is also the story of his undoing, many years later. Brilliantly melding the rich and varied voices of the people of McIntosh County into a small-town saga, Melissa Fay Greene lets the people tell their outrageous, funny, eloquent, and touching stories -- and makes our hearts stop with their importance. Deacon Henry Curry, the patriarch of the black community, recalls the assassination of President McKinley. Sheriff Poppell separates tens of thousands of Yankee tourists from their money. Thurnell Alston becomes the first freely elected black county commissioner since Reconstruction. And Fanny Palmer, a retired shrimp worker living in an ancient sharecropper shack, prays to the Lord for sheetrock, and sheetrock is delivered. 
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4 Huff, Mary Elizabeth Johnson. [Hutchins, Catherine E., ed.] Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Musuem of Fine Arts.
Montgomery, Ala.: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and River City Publishing, [2006]. 
1st edition. Quarto, red cloth, 109 pp. Color photos throughout. Fine in dust jacket. 
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5 Hughes, Langston. Simple's Uncle Sam.
New York: Hill and Wang, Inc., Publishers, (1965). First Edition, Review Copy, with Publisher's Slip and Publicity Photograph Laid-In. 
Octavo, grey cloth (hardcover), 180 pp. Fine, in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear and foxing. From dust jacket: In this new collection of forty-six stories, all of them appearing in book form for the first time, Jesse B. Semple of Harlem, U. S. A., comments wisely and wittily on American life today as seen through his eyes. Typical of the delightful insight with which Langston Hughes has endowed his creation, Simple wryly remarks, Uncle Sam, if you is really my blood uncle, prove it. Are we is or we ain't related? If so, how come you are so white and I am so black? Simple discusses the law: When it is no on the side of civil rights, then the law is not right, is it white; haircuts: If white Americans can learn how to fly past Venus, go into orbit and make Telestar, it looks to me like white barbers in Ohio could learn how to cut colored hair; beatniks: Go south, my boy, go south. Let the fiery cross singe the beard off your beatnik chin; miscegenation (as seen by his wife Joyce): To me it is living in sin for a colored person to marry anybody related to Talmadge, Wallace, Eastland, Sheriff Clark. Simple invites his white boss, who is sympathetic toward Negroes, to come uptown with me and reintegrate. He dreams of a South in which Mammy Faubus serves him mint juleps on his plnatation veranda and where crackers like Mammy Eastland know their place; of sailing down the Harlem River in his yacht and throwing a party for all his friends... 
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6 Malcolm X. Malcolm X Talks to Young People.
New York: Pathfinder Press, (1971). 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff, b&w photo. illus. stapled wrappers), 29 pp. Fine. 
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7 Marszalek, John F., Jr. Court Martial: A Black Man in America. The Army vs. Johnson Whittaker: An Account of the Ordeal of a Black Cadet at West Point in 1881.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1972]. 
Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), xv, 320 pp. Fine, in a Very Good dust jacket with edgewear. “Here is a dramatic account of one of the most important trials in American history, the 1881 court martial of Johnson Whittaker, a black cadet at West Point. Born a slave, Whittaker was the third black to enter West Point. Like his two predecessors, he was completely ostracized for three years...One morning Whittaker didn't show up for drill. He was found in his room, unconscious, tied tightly to the bed, with blood streaming from his head...Whittaker was accused of faking the crime to get sympathy from the public and his professors. A court inquiry followed and, on the flimsiest of evidence, Whittaker was found guilty. The public and pres responded with outrage. At the time America was debating the position of the freed black slaves..John Marszalek has researched the story with great thoroughness and his account of Whittaker's ordeal is poignant and dramatic. Subtitling his book, A Black Man in America, Marszalek uses the Whittaker case to study one black man in depth, analyzing his interaction with the American army, American justice and, by extension, American society.” 
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8 Maxwell, Bill. Maximum Insight. Selected Columns by Bill Maxwell.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, (2001). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the Author. Octavo, white cloth & gold boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xvi + 316 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New), mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: Bill Maxwell is one of the country's preeminent black journalists, with a faithful readership nationwide. This collection of his columns, primarily from the St. Petersburg Times, forms a body of commentary on humanity (And lack of same) that will capture American hearts and minds. Maxwell covers a sweeping range of subjects, including race -- a central but not exclusive theme. He asks hard questions that courageously attempt to understand hatred and injustice in America, takes on controversial issues many columnists avoid, and scrutinizes a wide spectrum of national and international figures -- from Jeb, George W. and Clarence Thomas to the Pope and Jesse Jackson. Maxwell write movingly about his childhood as the son of migrant farm workers in rural Florida, his love of books -- beginning with those plucked from garbage cans -- and his everyday encounters with the white world and the black one... 
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9 Morris, Willie. The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood.
New York: Random House, [1998]. First Edition, As Stated. 
Octavo, black cloth & blue boards, gilt letters, 288 pp. Fine (As New), in a FIne (As New) dust jacket. “...[Morris] brings together the harsh realities of race and the magical illusions of Hollywood in an unusual book about the making of the movie Ghosts of Mississippi and its more complicated historical background: the 1963 assassination of the courageous civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the conviction thirty years later of his killer, Byron De La Beckwith, in one of the most striking cases in the annals of American jurispudence....[It] is not only a dramatic account of the making of a major motion picture about one of themost heinous crimes of this century; it is also an examination of the murder tiself and the people involved that explains why it took so long for justice to prevail. Morris was on hand both for the trial and for the making of the movie...” 
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10 Neilson, Many. Even Mississippi. Foreword by Jack Bass.
Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, [1958]. 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), xiv, 199 pp. Fine (As New), in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. “...A well-crafted and engaging account that is not only good reading but also a penetrating commentary on several social, political, and historical themes. This is the story of Robert Clark's two unsuccessful campaigns for a congressional seat, in 1982 and 1984, and is written by the young woman who served as the only white staff member during the first campaign and one of a few whites during the second...Even Mississippi is the story of a girl, a family, struggling with two powerful worlds, one dying and the other in the process of birth. In the isolation of a small town, Neilson recounts how the acculturation process worked in Mississippi and how it effectively molded blacks and whites. Ole Miss, manners, and morals aside, there is something here that measures the heartbeat of what we once called the South...” 
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11 Potter, Joan with Constance Claytor. African-American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America. Illustrated by Alison Munoz.
Elizabeth Town, NY: Pinto Press, [1994]. 
Octavo, softbound, xiv, 336 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner inscription. Read the fascinating stories of more than 400 breakthrough achievements by men and women who dared to succeed...from America's beginnings to today...over 75 pages of photographs. 
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12 Rabby, Glenda Alice. The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida.
Athens: The University of Georgia Press, [1999]. First Edition. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), ix, 330 pp. Fine, in a Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. “While Florida is rarely considered a traditional southern state, its history of race relations reveals otherwise. This study of the civil rights movement in Florida's captial during the 1950s and 1960s shows that Tallahassee was a key player in the South during that era, hosting the region's most successful bus boycott in 1956 and protest activities by the Congress for Racial Equality that were among that organization's first in the Deep South. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and local newspaper coverage, Glenda Alice Rabby chronicles events from the 1951 murder of an NAACP offical to the final integration of public schools in 1970. She analyzes the shifting goals of the civil rights movement, the complex relations between civil rights organizations, and the activism of Florida A & M students. She also tells how the Tallahassee bus boycott provided national exposure for its spokesman Charles Kenzie Steele and documents for the first time the extraordinary leadership of women, notably Patricia and Priscilla Stephens. The Pain and the Promise describes an important chapter in civil rights history that establishes Florida's rightful place in that story.” 
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13 Reed, Merl E. Seedtime for the Modern Civil Rights Movement: The President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice, 1941-1946.
Louisiana State University Press, (1991). First Edition, First Printing. 
Octavo, orange cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, x + 384 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket jacket. From dust jacket: During World War II, influential black leaders, tired of discrimination in the defense industries and segregation in the armed forces, called for a massive demonstration of protest in the nation's capital. Concerned that the proposal 1941 March on Washington Movement would spark a racial violence, embarrass the government, or possibly even fracture the Democratic party, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, creating the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice. Established to receive and investigate complaints of discrimination in war industries and in governmental departments and agencies, the FEPC became the first federal agency since Reconstruction to deal exclusively with minority problems. Merl E. Reed's Seedtime for the Modern Civil Rights Movement provides the first general study of the FEPC in almost forty years. Utilizing previously untapped sources, including the FEPC's vast collection of case records, Reed describes the founding and activities of the highly controversial agency and explores topically and in depth some of the problems the FEPC and its regional offices sought to resolve. His enlightening study also offers new information on wartime defense training, regional patterns of job discrimination, and emplopyment problems of ethnic groups other than blacks. Of major significance is Reed's examination of the FEPC's operations within the wartime Washington bureaucracy and the repeated attempts by opposition forces to weaken and destroy the agency. Reed shows that the committee pursued its agenda by using the clout of the War Manpower Commission, the War Department, and other governmental bodies. 
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14 Sill, Harold D., Jr. Misbehavin' with Fats: A Toby Bradley Adventure. Drawings by Mike Eagle.
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., [1978]. 
Octavo, brown boards, 95 pp. Near-Fine, with slight edgewear, in a like dust jacket. “In his short life of thirty-nine years, Fats Waller wrote the music for over four hundred songs. In addition to this tremendous productivity, he appeared as pianist, organist and vocalist on three hundred records...Toby Bradley takes a trip through time to see Fats Waller in action -- growing up in Harlem, on grueling road trips through the South, back in Harlem for rent parties, pick-up band sessions, and one bang-up evening at the Frank ‘n' Stein Club.” 
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15 Turner, Patricia A. I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture.
Berkeley: University of California Press, [1993]. 
Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), xvi, 260 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From jacket: ...Focuses on a strong tradition of rumors and legends that has served as a wellspring of continuity and resistance in communities long subjected to racism and exclusion...Ultimately, Turner finds that these traditions offer the African-American community a way for coping with and responding to a hostile dominant culture. As rumors are named and shared, blacks have developed a powerful mechanism for absorbing and sometimes surmounting racial oppression. I Heard It through the Grapevine brings to light, with clarity and force, an integral yet neglected facet of African-American culture. It is essential reading for anyone interested in African-American history and American culture. 
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16 Weiner, Mark S. Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste.
New York: Knopf, 2004. 
Advance Review Copy. Octavo, softbound, xvii, 403 pp. Very Good. 
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17 Williamson, Joel. After Slavery: The Negro in South Carlina During Reconstruction, 1861-1877.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, (1965). First Edition. 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), gilt letters,ix + 442 pp. Near-Fine,with very small former-owner signature; in a Very Good+, mylar protected dust jacket with light rubbing and age darkening. From dust jacket: This volume makes the first substantial contribution to the long-felt need for revision in Reconstruction historiography. Joel Williamson, a South Carolinian and the assistant professor of history at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has vigorously accepted the invitiation of that classic in revisionism of some years ago, Simkins' and Woody's South Carolina During Reconstruction, to foster more moderate, saner, perhaps newer views of Reconstruction. Although organized along traditional topical lines, this book contains many significant new materials -- largely from manuscript sources -- which allow the reader to observe various facets of a people and a period treated primarily, until now, from a political point of view... 
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