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Troublemaker for Justice
The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G. Long, Walter Naegle
This biography of Bayard Rustin for young readers depicts his life of nonviolent activism and resistance.
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The Impeachers
The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
Brenda Wineapple
"This absorbing and important book recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president."—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America - Recommended by Paul
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now. - Recommended by Paul
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Working
Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A. Caro
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books
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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis J r. Gates
A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. - Recommended by Paul
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Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
A Graphic Biography
Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas
The life, times, and work of Herbert Marcuse, one of the 20th century's most remarkable cultural figures.
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The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé
The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love
Although the name of Bras-Coupé is little known today, Bryan Wagner shows us that his life and legend should be a touchstone among scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the African diaspora. - Recommended by Michael
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The People v. Ferlinghetti
The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl
Ronald K.L. Collins, David M. Skover
Ferlinghetti's name does not appear in any 1st Amendment treatise. Yet when the poet and proprietor of City Lights Books was indicted for publishing and selling Ginsberg’s Howl, he buttressed the tradition of dissident expression and ended an era when minds were still closed, candid literature still taboo and when selling banned books was a crime.
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Minutes of Glory and Other Stories
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
A dazzling short story collection from the person Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls "one of the greatest writers of our time".
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Ruby Ray
Kalifornia Kool
Ruby Ray
Late '70s and early '80s San Francisco as captured by Ruby Ray, American photographer, well known for her photography of the early punk, post-punk and industrial movements in California.
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Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Adam Higginbotham
Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. - Recommended by Daven
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Just Another Nigger
My Life in the Black Panther Party
Just Another Nigger is Don Cox's revelatory, even incendiary account of his years in the Black Panther Party. - Recommended by Paul
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We the Resistance
Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States
Michael G. Long
A first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years.
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Tosh
Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World
Tosh Berman
The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist.

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