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The Several Lives of Chester Himes

A fascinating blend of hatred and tenderness, of hard-boiled realism and generous idealism colors the writings of Chester Himes. How did this gifted son of the respectable southern black family become ...

African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

What role did religion play in sparking the call for civil rights? Was the African American church a motivating force or a calming eddy?

The conventional view among scholars of the period is that religion ...

Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835

By David J. Libby
Categories: History

In the popular imagination the picture of slavery, frozen in time, is one of huge cotton plantations and opulent mansions. However, in over a hundred years of history detailed in this book, the hard reality ...

Photographs from the Memphis World, 1949-1964

Compiled by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Introduction by Marina Pacini
Categories: Photography

Long considered lost, these photographs from one of Memphis's leading African American newspapers, the Memphis World, published from 1931 to 1973, chronicle the complexity and variety of its readers' ...

Multicultural American Literature

By A. Robert Lee
Categories: Literature

In the United States, Ishmael Reed, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ralph Ellison, N. Scott Momaday, Toni Morrison, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jessica Hagedorn are among the notable ...

The World of Richard Wright

Richard Wright, the Mississippi-born black writer, saw himself as "an outsider between two cultures," a man searching.

In these twelve essays written over the last two decades Michel Fabre, Wright's biographer, ...

Inherit the Land

By Gene Stowe
Illustrated by Carl A. Sergio
Categories: History

In the early twentieth century, two wealthy white sisters, cousins to a North Carolina governor, wrote identical wills that left their substantial homeplace to a black man and his daughter.

Maggie Ross, ...