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The Last Folk Hero: A True Story of Race and Art, Power and Profit

By: Andrew Dietz

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Atlanta, Georgia, Ellis Lane Press: 2006

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 010381

ISBN: 0977196801

Condition: New


SIGNED by the author on the title page without personalization. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 8vo; 9.25 inches tall; 576 pages with sources. A self-made art expert who traveled the world and amassed a collection for himself, Arnett developed an interest in rural African-American folk art made by self-taught men such as Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, both from Alabama. [PW] ----- William Faulkner, meet Tom Wolfe....a splendid, surreal portrait of an art world gone mad. [John Helyar] View more info

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A Hard Road to Glory A History of the African-American Athlete

By: Ashe, Arthur R.

Price: $95.00

Publisher: New York: , 198, Warner Books: 1988

Seller ID: 011475

Condition: Near Fine


Volume 1: 1619-1918, 194 pages, First Edition, First Printing. Price-clipped Dust Jacket, Gift inscription on front paste-down. Volume 2: 1919- 1945, 497 pages, First Edition Second Printing, Price-clipped Dust Jacket. Volume 3: Since 1946, 571 pages, First Edition, First Printing. Tiny [3mm] hole in the foot of the R on dust jacket. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean. Moderate shelf handling wear in each volume see above for any specific issue. View more info

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John Henry
[Author Signed Letter - Political]

By: Bradford, Roark

Price: $225.00

Publisher: New York, Literary Guild, (Harpers): 1931

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Inscription: Signed by Author on a ASL

Seller ID: 009601

Condition: Very Good


ASL: Tipped to the front endpaper is a typed letter, SIGNED, from Bradford to a Mr. Creel expressing support of FDR and offering a scathing assessment of Herbert Hoover's abilities. Some very interesting and strong statements. The story based on the Ballad of John Henry, the "steel-drivin' man"; based on the African-American folk hero. It was made into a Broadway play and later a musical featuring Paul Robeson in the title role and Julie Anne as Ruby Elzy.Roark Bradford (1896 - 1948) was an American short story writer and novelist. At the time of his death, Bradford’s writings... View more info

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Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?: The People of Johns Island South Carolina_Their Faces, Their Words, and Their Songs (Brown Thrasher Books Series.)

By: Carawan, Guy; Carawan, Candie

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Athens, GA, University of Georgia Press: 1994

Seller ID: 011419

ISBN: 0820316431

Condition: New


Presents an oral, musical, and photographic record of the venerable Gullah culture in modern times. With roots stretching back to their slave forebears, the Johns Islanders and their folk traditions are a vital link between black Americans and their African and Caribbean ancestors.No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 11 inches tall; 240 pages, illustrated. View more info

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By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

By: Clarke, Erskine

Price: $29.95

Publisher: New York, Basic Books: 2013

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Inscription: SIGNED with an inscription by the author.

Seller ID: 011543

ISBN: 0465002722

Condition: Fine


SIGNED with an inscription by the author. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Remarkable.... Clarke is one of the most gifted historians of American religion, with particular mastery of the antebellum southern Christian mind.... Clarke probes deeply and sympathetically into the culture of the Africans whom the Wilsons were seeking to evangelize and does not shy away from addressing the sometimes brutal realities of both American and African societies in the nineteenth century. [Thomas Kidd, Patheos] View more info

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Challenging the Civil Rights Establishment: Profiles of a New Black Vanguard

By: Conti, J. G. ; Stetson, Brad

Price: $29.95

Publisher: New York, Praeger: 1993

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 010331

ISBN: 0275944603

Condition: New


No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 240 pages with bibliography and index. Conti and Stetson provide an admirable summation and instructive commentary. [ National Review] View more info

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My Soul's High Song

By: Cullen, Countee

Price: $39.95

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1990

Edition: First Edition, Second Printing.

Seller ID: 010093

ISBN: 0385417586

Condition: Fine


No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 2nd Printing. Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946) was a prominent African-American poet, novelist, children's writer, and playwright during the Harlem Renaissance. ---- Cullen's participation in the Harlem Renaissance was influenced by a movement called Negritude which represents "the discovery of black values and the Negro's awareness of his situation". ----- Cullen saw Negritude as an awakening of a race consciousness and black modernism that flowed into Harlem. Cullen's poetry "Heritage" and "Dark Tower" reflect ideas of the Negritude movement. ----- Th... View more info

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Hating Whitey: And Other Progressive Causes

By: David Horowitz

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Dallas:, Spence Publishing Company.: 1999.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009321

ISBN: 189062621X

Condition: As New


No stranger to ideological combat, Mr. Horowitz anticipates the standard charges of racism and sexism inevitably hurled at dissenters from the party line. Undaunted, he boldly grapples with contemporary racism in all its forms. No Flaws or Blemishes but a minor warping of the boards; Clean unopened unused. View more info

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Afrocentric Thought and Praxis: An Intellectual History.

By: Gray, Cecil Conteen

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Trenton, NY:, African World Press,: 2001

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 003980

Condition: Fine.


This book aims to show that the intellectual and activist/transformationist tradition of African people all over the world is a composite one, which transcends geographical, religious, language, and other apparent differences. Furthermore, this book explains that this composite African intellectual and activist/transformationist tradition consists of a great and high standard. Gray's primary intent is to clarify and define the history of African-centered thought and its external and internal praxis, thereby offering an evaluative and creative tool for codifying it to fit present and... View more info

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Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson

By: Haygood, Wil

Price: $21.95

Publisher: New York, Knopf: 2009

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 011741

ISBN: 1400044979

Condition: New


From Robinson's gruesome six-bout war with Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta and his lethal meeting with Jimmy Doyle to his Harlem nightclub years and thwarted show-biz dreams, Haygood brings the champion's story, in the ring and out, powerfully to life against a vividly painted backdrop of the world he captivated. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. First Edition, First Printing. View more info

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Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years in Film and TV 1987-1991

By: Hill, George ; Moon, Spencer

Price: $24.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Daystar Pub Co: 1991

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 009650

ISBN: 0933650361

Condition: Fine


Reviews and commentary on Films with Black Actors with brief bios. Carefully handled, Text clean, Bindings firm. Unread, unused. 8vo; 8.5 inches tall; 174 pages with index. B/W illustrations. First Edition, First Printing. View more info

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The Quality of Hurt. The Autobiography of Chester Himes Volume I

By: Himes, Chester

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday & Company: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 011780

Condition: Very Good


Himes wrote detective fiction and novels exploring the tension between white and black Americans. He also wrote "protest" novels during the 1950's. He writes of black ghetto life and of his personal struggle with repressive American ways. The pain of his rejection of and by America is tempered by his own vitality and humor as an artist, making this important work not only a look at Chester Himes, but a sharp and often painful look at America itself. First Edition, First Printing. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with scuffed spin... View more info

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Black World, Vol. XXIV, no. 2, December 1974

By: Johnson, John H. [Editor]

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Chicago, Johnson Publishing Company: 1974

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 011378

Condition: Good


First Edition. Small, slim octavo (19.5cm.); original white, green, and black photo-illustrated wrappers; 98pp.; illus. Contemporary mailing label to lower cover; toning to the clean text; fold lower corner rear cover. Good Cover with Very Good internal. Contains: Black Attitudes Toward Police and The Courts; The Politics of Foreign Investment in Africa; Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Novelist. Black World was the renamed publication The Negro Digest, a magazine for the African-American market similar to the Reader's Digest but aimed to cover positive stories about the African-American... View more info

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Not Without Laughter
[Harlem Renaissance ]

By: Langston Hughes; Forward Dr. Henry Louis Gates

Price: $39.95

Publisher: Westvaco Corporation: 1997

Seller ID: 010278

Condition: Fine


Limited edition of an unspecified number. Black cloth with gilt spine titles to decorated boards with a matching slipcase. No flaws or blemishes to book. Minimal shelf handling for the slipcase. 8vo; 24 cm; 9.5 in. tall. 326 [8] pages. Decorated endpages and a frontispiece. Illustrations after Jacob Lawrence, with color endsheets and color illustrations, are from his migration series. Originally published in 1930; this edition was designed by Karen M. Elder. Not Without Laughter portrays African-American life in Kansas in the 1910s, focusing on the effects of class and religion on the... View more info

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

By: Marable, Manning

Price: $12.95

Publisher: New York:, Viking,: 1911.

Seller ID: 008798

ISBN: 0143120328

Condition: Fine


“It will be difficult for anyone to better this book... It is a work of art, a feast that combines genres skillfully: biography, true-crime, political commentary. It gives us Malcolm X in full gallop, a man who died for his belief in freedom.” — The Washington Post Carefully handled, Text clean, Bindings firm. Appears unread. View more info

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The Florida Negro: A Federal Writers' Project Legacy

By: McDonogh, Gary W.

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Jackson and London, Univ Press of Mississippi: 1993

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 011787

ISBN: 0878055886

Condition: Good


Ex-library; No flaws but library markings, stamp on top of textblock and sticker on rear pastedown. This valuable study of black life in Florida is the original field research of the team assembled by the Works Progress Administration under the guidance of Martin Richardson. Reflecting a mixture of both pride and complaint in the black community, their research illuminates the world of such stellar black Floridians as Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and Augusta Savage. View more info

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Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy.

By: Nathan, Hans

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Norman, OK, Univ of Oklahoma Press: 1977

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 010305

ISBN: 0806105402

Condition: Near Fine


First Edition, Second Printing. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, Minimal handling wear. The only flaw is a hint of soiling on the lower text block edge. Dust Jacket price-clipped is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. P>The title only tells a part of this important story. It is both a biography of Dan Emmett and a study of the early period of American Blackface Minstrelsy. The additional material is an anthology of music, eight songs, eleven banjo tunes, thirteen walkarounds, and some miscellaneous minstral-show gems. Also, there are an additional seventeen songs and 12 more... View more info

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Cold Blue Moon. Black Ulysses Afar Off

By: Odum, Howard W.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merill Company: 1931

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 011821

Condition: Very Good


A novel in the Old South; the third book in his Civil War trilogy told in the voice and perspective of Black Ulysses. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. Dust Jacket with price but also clipped is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve and has loss on spine tips, wear along edges, general hand-soiling and toning. Older tape reinforcement on inside at corners. 8vo; 8 inches tall; 278 pages. First Edition, First Printing. [The jacket rear flap contains a brief (ten-word) blurb by H. L. Mencken] Odum was an American sociologi... View more info

Image for <b>The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America  </b> <br>[Blacks in the New World]

The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America
[Blacks in the New World]

By: Peretti, Burton W.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Urbana and Chicago, IL, University of Illinois Press: 1992

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 006723

ISBN: 0252017080

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket


Explains how jazz was shaped by urbanization, the 'great migration' of southern blacks northward, and the 'jazz image' - dress code, jargon, and use of drugs. This book places jazz in its rich social context. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. Dust Jacket in new clear protective Mylar sleeve. Illustrated with B/W photos. View more info

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Bright Skin

By: Peterkin, Julia

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Book League of America: 1932

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 011819

Condition: Very Good


Julia Peterkin pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African American experience. Rejecting the prevailing sentimental stereotypes of her times, she portrayed her black characters with sympathy and understanding, endowing them with the full dimensions of human consciousness. In these novels and stories, she tapped the richness of rural southern black culture and oral traditions to capture the conflicting realities in an African American community and to reveal a grace and courage worthy of black pride. This novel centers on mixed-race Cricket an... View more info