African-American History

Books about African-American History, from The Underground Railroad to The Freedom Marches.

J ANDER Anderson, Laurie Halse Chains: Seeds of America
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
J CURTI Curtis, Christopher Paul The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: A Novel
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
J323.092 BAUSU Bausum, Ann Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south.
J323.1196 PARTR Partridge, Elizabeth Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote.
J379.263 MORRI Morrison, Tony Remember: The Journey to School Integration
Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison’s text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of "separate but equal” schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today.
J398.2 HAMIL Hamilton, Virginia Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales
Collection of 19 folktales, legends, and true stories celebrating the heroic cunning, patience, and courage of African-American women and girls.
J398.2 HAMIL Hamilton, Virginia The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.
J780.89 IGUS Igus, Toyomi I See the Rhythm
Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African American music.
J796.357 NELSO Nelson, Kadir We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
J811 SHANG Shange, Ntozake Freedom's A-Calling Me
A collection of poems brings to life the treacherous journey of the travelers on the Underground Railroad, in a universal story about the human need to be free.
J811.008 WORDS Rochelle, Belinda Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art
Pairs twenty works of art by African-American artists with twenty poems by twenty African-American poets.
J937.0496 NELSO Nelson, Kadir Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans
An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
J973.04 MYERS Myers, Walter Dean Now is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into contemporary times.
J973.0496 PINKN Pinkney, Andrea Davis Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
J973.0496 SANDE Sanders, Nancy I. D is for Drinking Gourd
"Using the alphabet to introduce its contents, this book includes topic such as abolitionists, cowboys, Harlem Renaissance, and Kwanzaa"--Provided by publisher.
JB AN243RY Ryan, Pam Munoz When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.
JB B76C Coles, Robert The Story of Ruby Bridges
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
JB D745CL Cline-Ransome, Lesa Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
"Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass's path to freedom through reading"-- Provided by publisher.
JB K585RA Rappaport, Doreen Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A picture book biography introduces the ideas and accomplishments of a gifted and influential speaker by using some of his own words to tell the story.
JB P237G Giovanni, Nikki Rosa
The story of how Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montogomery, Alabama on Dec. 1, 1955, and of how her quiet determination helped to change American history.
JB T777PI Pinkney, Andrea Davis Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
Picture book biography of the 19th-century African-American abolitionist and reformer; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
JB T79WE Weatherford, Carole Boston Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.
JE COOK Cook, Michelle Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change
Part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational, this unique picture book takes the reader through the cumulative story of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, expanding the popular slogan beyond Matin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama to include more key players in the struggle for equality.
JE LYONS Lyons, Kelly Starling Ellen's Broom
Ellen has always known that the broom hanging on her family's cabin wall is a special symbol of her parents' wedding during slave days, so she proudly carries it to the courthouse when the marriage becomes legal.
JE PINKN Pinkney, Andrea Davis Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
Illustrations and rhythmic text recall the December, 1955, bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
JE WALKE Walker, Sally M. Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
Henry Brown copes with slavery by singing, but after his wife and children are sold away he is left with only his freedom song, which gives him strength when friends put him in a box and mail him to a free state.

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