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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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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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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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Black Miami in the Twentieth Century

By: Dunn, Marvin

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Gainesville, Florida:, University Press of Florida,: 1997.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009084

ISBN: 0813015308

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket.


"A necessity for every African American who has ever lived in Dade County, or South Florida for that matter."--Garth Reeves, publisher emeritus, Miami Times. 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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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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Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism

By: Jackson, Maurice

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2009

Seller ID: 011159

ISBN: 0812241290

Condition: Fine


Anthony Benezet (1713-84), universally recognized by the leaders of the eighteenth-century antislavery movement as its founder, was born to a Huguenot family in Saint-Quentin, France. As a boy, Benezet moved to Holland, England, and, in 1731, Philadelphia, where he rose to prominence in the Quaker antislavery community. A masterpiece of its kind. . . . Jackson has made a major contribution to our understanding of the origins of abolitionism in the Western world. This book will exert considerable influence for many years. [David Brion Davis] No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 8... 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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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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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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Nobody Called Me Charlie: The Story of a Radical White Journalist Writing for a Black Newspaper in the Civil Rights Era

By: Preston, Charles

Price: $21.95

Publisher: New York:, Monthly Review Press,: 2010.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 007240

ISBN: 1583672028

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket


In the 1940s, at the height of segregation, Charles Preston became the unlikely newest worker at a black owned-and-operated newspaper. Preston, a white man and, unknown to most of his colleagues, a member of the Communist Party, quickly came face to face with issues of race and injustice that would profoundly impact his life and change the way he understood United States society. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. View more info

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The Seventeenth Child

By: Rice, Dorothy Marie; Payne, Lucille Mabel

Price: $19.95

Publisher: New Haven, CT:, Linnet Books,: 1998.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009083

ISBN: 020802414X

Condition: SIGNED by both authors.


A realistic account of an African-American woman, Lucille M. W. Payne, growing up in rural Virginia during the 1930s and 1940s, as recorded and edited by her daughter. The first-person vignettes are uncomplicated and engage readers through imagery. The oral history of the seventeenth child of black sharecroppers, describing her life in Virginia and New Jersey during the Depression. SIGNED by both authors. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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Anna Kingsley [Revised and Expanded Edition]

By: Schafer, Daniel L.

Price: $14.95

Publisher: St Augustine, Florida, St Augustine Historical Society: 1997

Seller ID: 010502

Condition: New


No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality.9 inches tall; 62 pages with illustrations and maps; extensive bibliography. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley (1793[1] - 1870) was a West African slave from present-day Senegal turned slave trader and plantation owner's wife, and then planter in early 19th-century Florida. When she was 13 years old, she was captured and sent to Cuba, where she was purchased by, impregnated by, and married to Zephaniah Kingsley, a slave trader and plantation owner. They had four children together. Kingsley freed Anna in 1811 when she turned 18 and gave her respons... View more info

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Shaft
[Books to Film]

By: Tidyman , Ernest

Price: $225.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1970

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009703

Condition: Near Fine


Who's the black private dick. That's a sex machine to all the chicks? (Shaft)You're damn right. [Isaac Hayes] The back of the dust jacket describes the main character John Shaft: "Who the hell does he think he is, this blackface Bogart who says the Revolution is a new way to chase chicks, the Mafia is made of meatballs and life is going to screw you if you don't get to it first? Who? John Shaft, private investigator, a man so cool his blood runs ice." ------ The novel, written in 1970, became an iconic and oft referenced and recreated movie in 1971. Shaft was one of the first blaxploit... View more info

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Bandanna Ballads

By: Weeden, Howard ; Introduction by Joel Chandler Harris.

Price: $95.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday & McClure Company: 1899

Seller ID: 011246

Condition: Very Good


Ribbed gray cloth, with gilt titling and decoration. Top edge gilt. Twenty-three poems accompanied by illustrations, both by Maria Howard Weeden (known professionally as Howard Weeden). B/W frontispiece with tissue overlay. 23 b/w figures. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. Former owner's name on endpaper (dated 1900). Maria Howard Weeden, who always used Howard as her first name, was a white Alabama artist. Late in life and already well-regarded for her art, Weeden began writing her own poetry, dialect and otherwise, to accompany... View more info

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Songs of the Old South

By: Weeden, [Maria] Howard

Price: $185.00

Publisher: Nerw York, Doubleday, Page & Company: 1900

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009518

Condition: Very Good


Maria Howard Weened (1847-1905), who never used her first name, was a frail spinster in Huntsville, Alabama. She helped support her war-impoverished family by the sale of her delicate watercolor paintings and her poems, a number of which were set to music. Her favorite subjects were African-Americans, and, despite the unfortunate dialect of most of her verses, her images and writings are always affectionate and respectful. Joel Chandler Harris was highly enthusiastic about her work. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo; 22.5 cm., 8.75 inches tall. xii, 96 pp. 6 color plates ... View more info