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Piney Woods School

This is the story of an extraordinary school in the piney woods of Mississippi and of the enduring people of the Piney Woods Community who forged on against incredible odds to make a better world for ...

Civil Rights Childhood

Two voices blend in this poignant memoir from the Civil Rights era in Mississippi—a father's and a daughter's. He was Andrew L. Jordan, a son in a dirt-poor family of sharecroppers near Greenwood. Jordana ...

Race and Sport

Even before the desegregation of the military and public education and before blacks had full legal access to voting, racial barriers had begun to fall in American sports. This collection of essays shows ...

Huey P. Newton

By Judson L. Jeffries
Categories: Politics

Huey P. Newton's powerful legacy to the Black Panther movement and the civil rights struggle has long been obscured. Conservatives harp on Newton's drug use and on the circumstances of his death in a ...

W. E. B. Du Bois on Asia

After Japan's defeat of Russia in the 1904 territorial war, W. E. B. Du Bois declared, “The Color Line in civilization has been crossed in modern times as it was in the great past. The awakening of ...

A Scottsboro Case in Mississippi

This absorbing book is a systematic analysis of the litigation in Brown v. Mississippi, in which the Supreme Court made a pathbreaking decision in 1936 showing the unconstitutionality of coerced confessions. ...

Trumpet Records

Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Milton, and James Waller-all of these musical powerhouses furthered their recording careers at a little label on once-thriving Farish Street, the historic black ...

Jazz Planet

With contributions by Raúl A. Fernández, Benjamin Givan, Acácio Tadeu de Camargo Piedade, Warren R. Pinckney Jr., Linda F. Williams, Christopher G. Bakriges, Stefano Zenni, S. Frederick Starr, Bruce ...

Robert G. Clark's Journey to the House

By Will D. Campbell
Categories: History

This biographical profile written by one of the South's most notable authors traces the life of Robert George Clark (b. 1928) from his Jim Crow boyhood in Ebenezer, Mississippi, through his notable career ...

The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway

By William E. Griggs
Edited by Philip J. Merrill
Introduction by Douglas Brinkley
Categories: History

The 97th Army Corps Engineers, an African American unit, worked extensively on completing the Alaska/ Canadian Highway, but the corps' substantial role in this project to defend North America from Japanese ...