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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul
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The Dead Are Arising
The Life of Malcolm X
Les Payne, Tamara Payne
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.
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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh
A new interpretation of the life of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture --Recommended by Paul
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His Truth Marching On
John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America
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Echoing Ida Collection
Kemi Alabi, Cynthia R. Greenlee
An anthology of community reporting that disrupts political and social norms in order to envision a Black, queer liberated future.
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Let's Talk About Your Wall
Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis
Alberto Quintero , Carmen Boullosa
At last a book that explains the Border Wall from the Mexican perspective. An array of Journalists, novelists, and documentary makers, all based in Mexico, help expand our North American view on what this evil American monument really represents. --Recommended by Josiah
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JOURNEY TO FREEDOM:RICHARD OAKES, ALCATRAZ, AND THE RED POWER MOVEMENT
The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity
The first book-length biography of Richard Oakes, a Red Power activist of the 1960s who was a leader in the Alcatraz takeover and the Indigenous rights movement
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The Unnamable Present
Roberto Calasso
A decisive key to help grasp some of the essential points of what is happening around us.
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Bluff City
The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers
Preston Lauterbach
Ernest Withers was photographer of the some of the most legendary images of the 50s and 60s and also an FBI informant. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that informed Withers's seeming betrayal of the people he photographed...
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Black Death at the Golden Gate
The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague
David K. Randall
On March 6, 1900, the bubonic plague took its first victim on American soil: Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown--but when corrupt politicians mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save San Francisco and the nation.
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YELLOW HOUSE: A MEMOIR
A MEMOIR
In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant. The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and one of America’s most mythologized cities.
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Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In our own moment, when that confrontation feels more urgently needed than ever, what can we learn from his struggle?
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Who Killed Berta Cáceres?
Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender's Battle for the Planet
Nina Lakhani
A deeply affecting-and infuriating-portrait of the life and death of a courageous indigenous leader in Honduras.

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