You are here: Home > Books > African American History
Sort By:
Page of 1
Slavery in New England - Joanne Pope Melish Black Abolitionists (1700s-1800s) - Kerri Greenidge Patriots of Color in Revolutionary New England (1775-1790) - John Hannigan
A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question: Why did slavery take root in New England? Many Americans think of slavery as solely a Southern institution. In fact, the American slave trade was centered in New England, and enslaved people labored throughout the region from the mid-1600s through the American Revolution.Published by our friends at The Robbins House. A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question: Who actually freed the slaves? By 1837, when Susan Robbins Garrison became a founding member of the Concord Female Antislavery Society, black abolitionists already had a long history of demanding freedom and racial justice on their own terms. Published by our friends at The Robbins House. A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question: What were they fighting for? Fighting in the American army was just one avenue of escape offered by the Revolution from a lifetime of slavery. Published by our friends at The Robbins House.
Free Blacks in New England from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War (1775-1865) - Kerri Greenidge, John Hannigan Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark (1823-1892) - Kerri Greenidge Ellen Garrison Jackson, Fighter for Freedom during Reconstruction (1863-1875) - Kerri Greenidge
A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question: How free were free people of color? For free black men and women, life in 19th-century New England was one of sharp contradictions. The final abolition of slavery throughout New England did not occur till the mid-1800s. Published by our friends at The Robbins House. A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question: What is Ellen's legacy? "I feel as though I ought to strive to maintain my rights." Documents Ellen's life from Concord, Massachusetts, to Pasadena, California. Published by our friends at The Robbins House. A large illustrated four-fold brochure that serves to answer the question:  What did Ellen Garrison Jackson accomplish? Tells the story of a woman who challenged racism wherever she found it. Published by our friends at The Robbins House.
Concord's African American History Map Anti-Black Racism in America - Joanne Pope Melish Uncle Tom's Cabin (Oxford World's Classics) - Harriet Beecher Stowe
A six-fold map that points us to 41 sites of interest as we walk toward an understanding of Concord's African American History. Serves to also answer the questions: What was slavery like in Concord? And why did men of color -- enslaved or free -- fight in the American Revolution? Published by our friends at The Robbins House. Traces the history of anti-black racism -- with a special focus on Concord and Massachusetts -- from the early 1800s through the May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Includes a special sidebar defining how the words "race" and "racism" have been used and interpreted, throughout the years. Published by our friends at the Robbins House. First published in 1852. The first American novel to become an international best-seller, Stowe's book charts the progress from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of American chattel slavery, and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties. This edition firmly located the book within the context of African-American writing, and considers issues of race and the role of women. Includes Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave.
Oxford University Press, 1998, 2008. Paperback, 536 pp.
Antiracist Baby - Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky Quotations of Martin Luther King Jr. - Martin Luther King Jr. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Oxford World's Classics) - Frederick Douglass
A children's board book borne out of Ibram X. Kendi's bestseller for adults, How to Be an Antiracist. Designed for the young to imagine a world without racism. Offers nine steps they can take to make equity a reality.
Kokila, Penguin Random House, 2020. Board book, 24 pp.
About 80 quotations gleaned from the speeches and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). Includes a brief bio.
Applewood Books, 2004. Hardcover, 32 pp.
An instant bestseller when it was first published in 1845. Douglass describes his life as a slave, the cruelty he suffered at the hands of his masters, his struggle to educate himself, and his fight for freedom. Passionately written, the Narrative came to assume epic proportions as a founding anti-slavery text in which Douglass carefully crafted both his life story and his persona. This new edition includes extracts from Douglass's primary sources and examples of his writing on women's rights.
Oxford University Press, 1999, 2009. Paperback, 129 pp.
Frederick Douglass For Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities - Nancy I. Sanders Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi The Portable Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass, John Stauffer, Henry Louis Gates. Jr.
Chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass -- former slave, bestselling author, outspoken newspaper editor, brilliant orator, tireless abolitionist, and brave civil rights leaders. A combination biography and activity book for middle grade readers and up. Part of the For Kids series.
Chicago Review Press, 2012. Paperback, 145 pp.
Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. The life stories of five major American intellectuals offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nationís racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, this book offers us the tools we need to expose them -- and in the process, gives us reason to hope. Ibram X. Kendi is The Thoreau Society's Dana S. Brigham Keynote Speaker for 2021.
Bold Type Books, 2017. Paperback, 608 pp.

A compact volume that offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass. Edited by renowned scholars John Stauffer and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this book includes examples of the full range of Douglass's work as a writer, orator, newspaper editor, politician, and civil rights leader. Contains the complete Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, as well as extracts from My Bondage and My Freedom and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and much more.
Penguin Books, 2016. Paperback, 599 pp.
Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts - Elise Lemire How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 - Edited by Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
Presents in a vivid fashion the little known story of slavery in Concord, and the history of the black families there from the time before the Revolution throgh the time of the Civil War. Thoreau's famous Walden Woods was home to several generations of freed slaves and their children. Shows us another side of the history of the birthplace of the Revolution and the home of the Transcendentalists. This paperback edition contains a new preface, where Lemire reflects on relevant legacy developments that have taken place in Concord since the hardback's publication. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 310, Summer 2020, p. 8-9.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Paperback, 220 pp.
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism -- and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In this book, Kendi takes us through a widening circle of antiracist ideas -- from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities -- that will help us see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Ibram X. Kendi is The Thoreau Society's Dana S. Brigham Keynote Speaker for 2021.

One World, 2019. Hardcover, 320 pp.

The story begins in 1619, when the White Lion brings "some 20 and odd Negroes" to the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United Sates. It takes us to the present, as African Americans continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history. Editors Kendi and Blain have assembled 90 writers each who explore brief periods of that four-hundred-year span. This is a history that illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about our future.
One World, 2021. Hardcover, 504 pp.
Three Novels (Library of America) - Harriet Beecher Stowe Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American - John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier
Three of Stowe's books in one handy volume: Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Minister's Wooing, and Oldtown Folks. Includes chronology.
Library of America, 1982. Hardcover, 1478 pp.
The most photographed American of the 19th century was Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Here Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. His legacy is is inseparable from his portrait gallery, which contains 160 separate photographs. At last, all of these photographs have been collected into a single volume. Also included are other representations of Douglass during his lifetime and after -- such as paintings, statues, and satirical cartoons -- as well as Douglass's own writings on visual aesthetics, which have never before been transcribed from his own handwritten drafts. A stunning achievement and a handsome volume.
Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015. 12.25 x 9.25 x 1 inches. Hardcover, 288 pp.