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At the July 2020 funeral of longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, former president Bill Clinton struck a condescending and triumphalist note in his eulogy when he opined, “There we
“the narrative has clear writing and solid scholarship that does not promote an agenda, leaving the reader to imagine broader implications and slavery’s legacy.”
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Ever since the music called jazz emerged in the Black and Creole communities of early 20th century New Orleans (as most histories of the music contend), the vast majority of journalists, authors, a
“Mary-Alice Daniel is an exquisitely elegant young writer.”
“engaging, well-written, and certain to please the strongly literary minded.”
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“Dick Gregory was one of a kind, the genuine article.”
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“Throughout the book, O’Rourke mixes positive with negative as he discusses where the country is and how it got here, primarily with his focus on history in Texas.”
Ancestors and forerunners show up in the annals of American literature more often than readers imagine.
“African Founders is a Promethean work, a truly magisterial and magnificent book of cultural history that extracts from potentially dry demographi
“A sometimes painful read, this revealing deep dive into George Floyd’s life places his tragic story in the broader context of race in America.”
In 1982, at the age of 38, Alice Walker’s life pivoted dramatically and irrevocably with the publication of The Color Purple, her third published novel that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
Caroline Johnson, an artist who met Lincoln said, “Mr. President I believe God has hewn you out of rock, for this great and mighty purpose.
“The Color of Abolition proves an invaluable addition to abolitionist history, which has grown immeasurably richer in recent years.”
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“As the United States inches toward the long-overdue appointment of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, Civil Rights Queen . . . tells a critically important and . . .
Racial justice, judicial reform, and systemic racism have been hot topics on the nation’s radar screen in recent years.