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Marthin Luther King Jr's Why We Can't Wait

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Why We Can't Wait (1964) is arguably the most vital book by one of the most important men in US history. Martin Luther King Jr. sets out the ideas that fuelled a large part of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement

Paperback, 01/02/2006, £27.50
Offers a history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice who led some of the successful local campaigns in the civil rights movement. The author provides a narrative of a working-class armed self-defense movement that played a crucial role in compelling the federal government to neutralize the Ku Klux Klan and uphold civil rights and liberties.

Malcolm X Talks to Young People

Paperback, 01/11/2002, £13.00

Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Reader

Paperback, 30/01/1992, £18.50
A record of the American civil rights movement. Included are speeches by Martin Luther King Jr, an interview with Rosa Parks, selections from "Malcolm X Speaks"; Black Panther Bobby Seale's "Seize the Time" and a piece by Herman Badillo on the Attica prison uprising.

Behind the scenes

Paperback, 29/09/2005, £9.99
This fascinating autobiography describes one woman's life as a slave and subsequently her four years in Lincoln's White House during the Civil War.

Why We Can't Wait

Paperback, 01/03/2018, £9.99

Voice From the South

Paperback, 10/11/2005, £14.99

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave

Paperback, 23/04/2018, £8.99
Abducted from Africa, sold in America. "A deeply affecting record of an extraordinary life"- Daily Telegraph A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.

Race and Urban Space in American Culture

7, 15/05/2000, £26.99
This innovative book looks at representations of ethnic and racial identities in relation to the development of urban culture in postindustrialised American cities.


Paperback, £10.99

Testament of Hope: Essential Writings of Martin Luther King

Paperback, 21/02/1991, £17.99
"The volume and quality of this intellectual work is breathtaking....His writings reveal an intellectual struggle and growth as fierce and alive as any chronicle of his political life could possibly be"......The Washington Post

Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Paperback, 06/04/2000, £12.99
* Timeless, inspiring and universal words of wisdom, this collection features the milestone speeches, including 'I have a dream...', of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest orators of the 20th Century

Vernon can Read: A Memoir

Paperback, 14/10/2008, £11.99
From the civil rights revolution to the halls of power, the life story of a truly larger than life figure: Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era

Paperback, 15/04/2008, £36.50
Describes the US civil rights movement and the decolonization of Africa.

Silent War: Imperialism and the Changing Perception of Race

Paperback, 14/07/1998, £24.99
'An important work that asks important questions about the struggle for racial equality today, and adds new insights into the history of racial thinking.' Independent on Sunday

Martin Luther King

Paperback, 05/11/2004, £23.99
Looks at the sources of Martin Luther King's power in the black community and its relationship to wider American society, focusing on the role of the black church, the philosophy of nonviolence and issues of leadership, whilst paying attention to the voices of King's critics and detractors and to the limitations of his power.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Paperback, 26/03/2009, £6.99
Frederick Douglass's Narrative recounts his life as a slave in Maryland and escape to freedom in 1838. An important slave autobiography, it is significant both for what it tells us about slave life and about its author. It is here reprinted with contexualizing source material and other writings by Douglass, as well as an introduction discussing its literary and historical significance.

Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy

Paperback, 11/07/2011, £21.95
Interprets postwar civil rights as a Cold War feature. This book argues that the Cold War helped facilitate key social reforms, including desegregation. It discusses the way the Cold War figures into civil rights history.

God's Long Summer

Paperback, 11/02/2008, £15.95
In the summer of 1964, the turmoil of the civil rights movement reached its peak in Mississippi, with activists across the political spectrum claiming that God was on their side in the struggle over racial justice. This work takes us back to this place and time.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Paperback, 06/01/2017, £7.99
A new edition of one of the most influential literary documents in American and African American history

Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

Paperback, 22/08/2013, £6.99
Martin Luther King delivered many speeches (at least 350 in 1963 alone). Many speeches have been delivered on civil rights and, indeed, were delivered at the March on Washington. So what was it that made that particular speech historical? And what makes it great? This book deals with his speeches.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Paperback, 26/01/1984, £8.99
One of America's most important classics, the first and best loved volume of Maya Angelou's bestselling seven-volume autobiography

Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain

Paperback, 17/10/2002, £16.99
Examining the significant influence of the Soviet Union on the work of four major African American authors - and on twentieth-century American debates about race, this book remaps black modernism, that reveals the importance of the Soviet experience in the formation of a black transnationalism.

Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

Paperback, 07/02/2017, £12.99
A classic book that traces Muhammad Ali's political development in the sixties.

Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena

Paperback, 02/09/2003, £22.95
Offers a comprehensive examination of how the Cold War intersected with the final destruction of global white supremacy. Thomas Borstelmann pays close attention to the two Souths - Southern Africa and the American South - as the primary sites of white authority's last stand.

Seeing Red : Federal Campaigns Against Black Militancy 1919-1925

Paperback, 01/06/1994, £9.99
From 1918 into the early twenties, any African American who spoke out forcefully for their race-editors, union organizers, civil rights advocates, radical political activists, and Pan-Africanists - were likely to be investigated by a network of federal intelligence agencies. This title presents an account of this story.

Dreamer: a historical novel exploring the life of Martin Luther King Jr

Paperback, 25/01/2000, £10.00
Set against the racial turbulence of the Civil Rights Era, this book offers the work of fiction to explore the life of Martin Luther King Jr - political visionary, human rights activist, preacher, scholar and martyr.

Carry it On: War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama 1

Paperback, 15/07/2008, £24.95
A study of how the local struggle for equality in Alabama fared in the wake of federal laws - the Civil Rights Act, the Economic Opportunity Act, and the Voting Rights Act. It looks at the interactions among local activists, elected officials, and bureaucrats who were involved in or affected by Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) projects.

Up from Slavery

Paperback, 11/09/2008, £7.99
2008 reissue of the 19th century classic.

My Bondage and My Freedom

Paperback, 04/03/2014, £8.99
Born into slavery in 1818, the author escaped to freedom and became a passionate advocate for abolition and social change and the foremost spokesperson for the nation's enslaved African American population in the years preceding the Civil War. This book recounts his remarkable life.

Imagining Black America

Hardback, 02/05/2014, £20.00
A fascinating and challenging inquiry into black identity and its shifting meaning throughout U.S. history

Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History

Paperback, 31/08/2002, £21.99
This collection of 12 original essays brings together two themes of American culture - law and race. Cases discussed include Amistad, Dred Scott, Regents v. Bakke and O.J. Simpson.

Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Paperback, 02/10/2009, £14.99
Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: "[A] commanding and important book."-Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

Color Bind

7, 27/03/1998, £11.50
Tells the story of how Glynn Custred and Thomas Wood, two unknown academics, decided to write "Proposition 209" in 1992 and thereby set in motion a series of events, far beyond their control, destined to transform the legal, political, and everyday meaning of civil rights for the next generation.

Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1988

Paperback, 28/02/2003, £31.50
Demonstrates how US foreign policy has been embedded in social, economic and cultural factors of domestic and foreign origin. It argues that the campaign to realize full civil rights for racial and ethnic minorities in the US is best understood in the context of competitive international relations.

Battling the Plantation Mentality

Paperback, 15/05/2007, £23.95
African American freedom is often defined in terms of emancipation and civil rights legislation. Exploring the notion of "freedom" in postwar Memphis, this title demonstrates that the interplay of politics, culture, and consciousness is critical to truly understanding freedom and the black struggle for it.

Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

Hardback, 01/11/2012, £35.00
Focuses on two connected issues: representations of lynching in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American photographs, poetry, and fiction; and the effects of those representations. Alexandre compellingly shows how putting representations of lynching in dialogue with the history of lynching uncovers the profound investment of African American literature.

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Paperback, 24/02/2014, £11.99
Tackling the myth of a post-racial society.

Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All

Hardback, 04/11/2014, £16.99
Forceful and detailed account of the struggle for "freedom" after the American Civil War

Defying Dixie:Radical roots of civil rights

Paperback, 11/09/2009, £13.99
"Remarkable ... an eye-opening book [on] the freedom struggle that changed the South, the nation, and the world." -Washington Post

Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-slaves

Paperback, 31/05/1992, £27.50
Taken from the records of the Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s, these interviews with one-time Virginia slaves provide a clear window into what it was like to be enslaved in the antebellum American South.

Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership

Paperback, 24/01/2012, £18.50
How a preoccupation with charismatic leadership in African American culture has influenced literature from World War I to the present



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