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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.

Malcolm X Talks to Young People

Paperback, 01/11/2002, £13.00

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Up from Slavery

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

Souls of Black Folk

Paperback, 09/10/2008, £8.99
The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. A singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, the book is a searing account of the situation of African Americans in the United States. This edition includes an invaluable appendix of contextualizing material.

Freedom Now!: Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle

Hardback, 14/01/2014, £41.95
Photographers shot millions of pictures of the black civil rights struggle between the close of World War II and the early 1970s, yet most Americans today can recall only a handful of searing images. This title offers alternative photographs of the era that challenge the stories told in many of the famous scenes.

Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature 2ed

Hardback, 31/12/2014, £52.50
African American writers have incorporated Martin Luther King Jr. into their work since he rose to prominence in the mid-1950s. Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature is a study by award-winning author Trudier Harris of King's character and persona as captured and reflected in works of African American literature.

Portable Frederick Douglass

Paperback, 27/10/2016, £12.99
The life of Frederick Douglass is nothing less than the history of America in the 19th century from slavery to reconstruction. His influence was felt in the political sphere, major social movements, literary culture, and even international affairs. This is a collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a writer, and civil rights leader.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

Paperback, 28/06/2007, £10.99
They called him the 'angriest black man in America' ...Malcolm X inspired many people in the United States. This autobiography, tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam.

Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement

Hardback, 15/10/2011, £42.95
Brings together the best new scholarship on the modern civil rights movement. It expands our understanding of the movement by engaging issues of local and national politics, gender and race relations, family, community, and sexuality. The volume addresses cultural, legal, and social developments and also investigates the roots of the movement.

Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois

Hardback, 30/12/2016, £47.95
In this vital reassessment of the impact of religion on the black powermovement, Kerry Pimblott presents a nuanced discussion of the ways in which black churches supported and shaped the United Front. She deftly challenges conventional narratives of the de-Christianization of the movement, revealing that Cairoites embraced both old-time religion and revolutionary thought.

Blonde Roots

Paperback, 30/04/2009, £9.99
Presents an imaginative inversion of the transatlantic slave trade - in which 'whytes' are enslaved by black people. This title brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises questions about the society.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

Paperback, 01/03/2001, £9.99
From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. He became identified in the white press as a teacher of race hatred. This autobiography reveals his integrity and the fierce idealism which led him to reject both liberal hypocrisies and black racialism.

Black Abolitionists

Paperback, 01/03/1991, £9.99
"While much is known about the white men and women who were involved in the anti-slavery movement, the black abolitionists have been largely ignored. This book, written by one of America's leading blac"

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

Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle

Paperback, 03/05/2006, £18.99
Explores how black women's geographies are meaningful sites of political opposition. This work offers a fresh interpretation of black women's geographic thought. Analyzing diverse literatures and material geographies, it reveals how human geographies are a result of racialized connections.

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.

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.


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