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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' ...

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, ...

Affect and Power

In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan published his groundbreaking work White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812 and opened up new avenues for thinking about sex, slavery, race, and religion ...

Race, Reform, and Rebellion

Since its original publication in 1984, Manning Marable's Race, Reform, and Rebellion has become widely known as the most crucial political and social history of African Americans since World War II. Aimed ...

Booker T. Washington in Perspective

This book, an important companion volume to Louis R. Harlan's prize-winning biography of Booker T. Washington, makes available for the first time in one collection Harlan's essays on the life and career ...

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 ...

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 ...

Africans and Seminoles

Because Seminoles held slaves in a confusing system that was markedly dissimilar to white society's, the federal government was challenged to identify which blacks in Florida were free and which were ...