Hardcover. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company, 1st, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in an unclipped dust jacket with some sunning to spine. Stated 1st edition. Light shelfwear, clean, no marking.
Hardcover. NY, Atheneum, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket with edge wear, short closed tears. The first full-length biography--and likely the authoritative one for years to come--of the flamboyant black congressman who, as civil-rights gadfly and as libertine, exemplified the gap between our nation's ideals and practices that was given a name in Gunnar Myrdal's ``American Dilemma.'' Blessed with good looks, eloquence, and a bully pulpit (he succeeded his father as head of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the nation's largest black congregation), Powell became ``Mr. Civil Rights'' in the pre-King era by combining agitation and electoral politics. As congressman from Harlem, Powell denounced racist southern colleagues and introduced the ``Powell Amendment'' to deny federal funds to projects or organizations that practiced discrimination. In 1960, he became chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, then the strongest position ever held by a black in the US government. Columbia Univ. political-science professor Hamilton also highlights how the Democratic politician became a thorn in the side of ally and foe alike. Powell was a maverick seldom bound by party (he endorsed Eisenhower for President), duty (a high absentee rate), or conventional morality. Inevitably, after an income-tax evasion trial, a suit filed by a Harlem resident he called a ``bag woman,'' and a European junket with two attractive female aides, Powell was stripped of his chairmanship by the House of Representatives despite his cry of double standards for white counterparts. Blending scholarship and ironic detachment, an admirably balanced treatment of a politician who provoked anything but objectivity during his Marion Barry-like career.
Hardcover. NY, Free Press, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 322 pages, b&w illustrations, in a bright dust jacket. This book examines the issue of racial stereotyping and with the issue of skin color as seen by such radio show broadcasts as Amos 'N' Andy. Some Blacks did not like the show when released, while others saw it as a humane portrayal of African-American Life. Overall, the show became the most popular radio show of all time. Later, it was touted by the Civil Rights Movement as offensive and racist.
Boston, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, 1st, 1970, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, unpaginated, 96 pages. Illustrated in b&w with brief bios of artists in rear. Mild shelfwear, clean copy. Scarce exhibition catalog.
Hardcover. New York, Jump At The Sun/Hyperion, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. Non-paginated. SIGNED BY ANN GRIFALCONI AND JERRY PINKNEY ON TITLE PAGE. 1st edition/1st printing. Full color illustrations by Jerry Pinkney. A bright, clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Garland Publishing, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, pictorial glazed boards, 483 pages. 160 pages of text, rest of book has a black and white photo on every page. Clean and tight, no dust jacket issued.
Hardcover. US, R.G. Williams/American Anti-Slavery Society, 1st, 1835, Book: Fair, Dust Jacket: None, 174 pages. Hardcover with heavy wear on brown cover boards. Spine askew, rear cover lightly warped, and corner worn off on bottom fore edge. Spine has small fraying, tearing to center rear edge. Moderate foxing and age browning to pages. Previous owner's brown ink on fly leaf, page 7. Pencil markings on end paper, and title page. Gutter cracked in rear, rear binding fragile.
Hardcover. Columbia, SC, State Company, 2nd, 1922, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 345 pages. Hardcover with black stamped lettering on front. Rear top corner bumped. Light foxing on page block and internal pages. Light fading on edges of cover.
Hardcover. London, Soul Jazz Books, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 192 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to laminated boards. Black and white pictures throughout. At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, Afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman to the collective and community concerns of Chciago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz never looked back. This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s, presented with an introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 237 pages, in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Memoir of an African-American woman when she was a student at a formerly all white male private prep school.
Softcover. Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1st, 2010, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 208 pages. Softcover. Black and white photographs. Light edgewear to wrappers, spine shows chips and creases. Reprint of the B&W photo essay first published in 1967-68 examines daily lives of African-Americans during the Civil Rights era. Text adapts Freed's diary entries and interviews. 208 pages.
Hardcover. Washington, DC, Associated Publishers, Revised Ed., 1944, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 381 pages. Dark green cover with slight wear and white spotting to back. Slight soiling to edges. Binding cracked at page 45. Overall, a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. US, Atlas & Co, 6th, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 240 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Black and white pictures throughout.
Hardcover. NY, Doubleday and Co., 1st, 1946, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover. Green cloth with red illustration on front and red lettering on spine. Unclipped dust jacket has wear at extremities and some discoloration. Illustrated by author. six full-page color illustrations, five full-page black and white illustrations, and numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Story of an African American 10-year-old girl living in Germantown, Pennsylvania. 88 pages. Stated First Edition. Previous owner's inscription on blank prelim page otherwise clean.
Hardcover. New York, Powerhouse Books, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 143 pages, 94 b&w photographs throughout. Textured black cloth covers with silver lettering and photo plate pasted on front. In publisher's shrinkwrap. Dixon collects 135 of his own photographs taken over a period of ten years with New York City black biker clubs such as the Imperials, Transit Wheelers, and Uptown Riders. As a member of this inconspicuous subculture, Dixon is privy to what is usually heavily guarded, and he takes on the risky task of presenting members in some of their most gritty and vulnerable positions. He includes here pictures of both public and private events, from aerial shots of bike blessings to strip parties inside clubhouses. Dixon does not glamorize any aspect of biking and even includes photographs of injured riders and funerals owing to biking accidents. Ultimately, the reader gets more than an eyeful of what is rarely seen outside of the bikers' small circle. Biker enthusiasts of all races will appreciate the polished sport bikes and Dixon's perfect action shots; the mystery and danger surrounding these photos make one long to see the entire collection.
Softcover. Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 1st pbk, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover. Illustrated with black and white photos.; A history of of the racially-charged integration of black players into baseball's southern minor leagues.
Softcover. Syracuse, NY, Willis N Bugbee Co, 1st, 1932, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 16 pages. Softcover booklet. Green paper wrappers with softened edges. Light soil to paper wrappers. tight copy. Lightly faded on rear.
New York, John S. Taylor, 1st, 1836, Book: Good, Hardcover, 296 pages plus 8 pages of publisher's ads in rear. Original black boards with embossed design, gilt lettering and design with number ! on spine. Folding chart/map tipped in at page 196 with short tears. Illustrated title page. The first of three anti-slavery books published by John Taylor, a staunch abolitionist. A few brief notations on prlim pages, otherwise clean.
Philadelphia , John Winston, reprint, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. B&W illustrations by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge. Clean copy in a nice dust jacket, pages tanning. Caleb Willows, a 16-year-old slave, makes a break for freedom and later is a student at Fisk University in Tennessee. He becomes one of the Jubilee Singers, eleven young African Americans who tour the United States and England singing spirituals in order to raise money for the school.
Softcover. San Francisco, Backbeat Books, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 271 pages, b&w illustrations. Chasin' That Devil Music has the feel of a documentary about the making of a thrilling motion picture. The main focus is on the Delta blues singers of the early 20th century--artists such as Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Son House, and Blind Lemon Jefferson who've achieved near-mythic status in blues circles. In addition, many of the articles gathered in this splendidly illustrated volume capture the process and people involved in tracking long-lost recordings nearly as elusive as the performers who made them. Here, for example, is the story of author/blues scholar Gayle Dean Wardlow's three-year hunt for the death certificate of Robert Johnson, the celebrated Mississippi bluesman and a figure whose legend has grown greater with each year since his much-debated death in 1938. The text here is nearly as raw in spots as the music that sparked it, but, as with those sounds (which can be heard on a terrific CD sampler included with the book), enthusiasts will find Chasin' That Devil Music riveting. Clean, bright copy.
Hardcover. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1st, 1966, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover, black cloth stamped in gilt, 204 pages. Dust jacket with partial fading, edgewear. Clean copy. The author's last work, a study of the Dahomean Kingdom, it's history and the part gold, colonialism and the slave trade played in it's fortunes. Scarce title.
Hardcover. New York, Greenwillow, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 180 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket that is price clipped and has some wrinkling on rear flap. Otherwise, clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Jefferson NC, McFarland, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 223 pages, b&w photos. Eugene Jackson became a child star in 1924 playing "Pineapple" in the original "Our Gang" comedy shorts. Join him as he shares his life story -- a story that preserves the history of vaudeville and early Hollywood as well as chronicles the African American experience in the entertainment business.
Hardcover. Johannesburg SA, Penguin Books, 1st, 1987, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 130 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to boards. Some fading to spine. and laminate is bubbled in some spots. A fascinating book of photographs of mainly Black life during the 1950s in South Africa.
Hardcover. Boston, American Unitarian Association, 1st, 1905, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, black cloth with white lettering, 232 pages. Collection of six essays, including "Atlanta University" by Professor W. E. Burghardt Du Bois in which the author discusses the significance of Atlanta University. Other institutions and authors include: Howard University by Prof. Kelly Miller; Berea College, by President William G. Frost; Tuskegee Institute by Prof. Roscoe Conkling Bruce; Hampton Institute by Principal H. B. Frissell; and Fisk University by President James G. Merrill. From a church library with label on spine, bookplate and stamp on front endpapers. Otherwise a sharp copy with no other markings or residue. Scarce in original edition.
Hardcover. NY, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1st, 1874, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 256 pages. Fold-out frontis, b&w Illustrations, very nice, clean copy. Written by "two of its teachers." Includes "Fifty Cabin and Plantation Songs" arranged by Thomas P. Fenner. Illustrated with a four-fold engraved frontispiece, depicting several of the school's buildings as seen from the water, and many other engravings. An interesting account of the school, including a brief history of Virginia and of slavery and its aftermath in that state, and one of the earliest publications of slave music.
Hardcover. New York, Quantuck Lane Press, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. 120 pages. Introduction by Robin D. G. Kelley. Color photography of Alice Attie. Rubbing, light edgewear to dust jacket.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Brassey's , 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, b&w illustrations, 293 pages. INSCRIBED BY HARRIS on the title page.
Hardcover. Chicago, University of Chicago Press , 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 364 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has been chronicling the neighborhood for forty-three years, and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto is an unprecedented record of urban change. Vergara began his documentation of Harlem in the tradition of such masters as Helen Levitt and Aaron Siskind, and he later turned his focus on the neighborhood's urban fabric, both the buildings that compose it and the life and culture embedded in them. By repeatedly returning to the same locations over the course of decades, Vergara is able to show us a community that is constantly changing--some areas declining, as longtime businesses give way to empty storefronts, graffiti, and garbage, while other areas gentrify, with corporate chain stores coming in to compete with the mom-and-pops. He also captures the ever-present street life of this densely populated neighborhood, from stoop gatherings to graffiti murals memorializing dead rappers to impersonators honoring Michael Jackson in front of the Apollo, as well as the growth of tourism and racial integration. Woven throughout the images is Vergara's own account of his project and his experience of living and working in Harlem. Taken together, his unforgettable words and images tell the story of how Harlem and its residents navigated the segregation, dereliction and slow recovery of the closing years of the twentieth century and the boom and racial integration of the twenty-first century. A deeply personal investigation, Harlem will take its place with the best portrayals of urban life.
Hardcover. NY, STEWART TABORI CHANG, 1ST, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 378 pages. Here is a musical history told in legends, facts, and rumors every bit as colorful as the images that illustrate the book. The story is filled with characters such as O.V. Wright, a singer deemed "too ugly to tour"; Frnakie Lymon, who received a hot dog as full payment for some of the greatest R&B songs of all time; LaVern Baker, a.k.a. "Little Miss Sharecropper"; Bille Holiday shooting dice with the boys on the bus; Solomon Burke, R&B immortal and Doctor of Mortuary Sciences; soul ghoul Screamin' Jay Hawkins locked in his coffin by the Drifters; and many otehr talented and unique entertainers. Illustrated with more than 400 original photographs, publicity shots, posters, programs, advertisements, program covers, magazine covers, album covers and sleeves, sheet music, and record labels in full color, this is a story of hot music and high style, of people who made history by being themselves and made the world a richer, wilder and definitely cooler place for the rest of us.
Hardcover. NY, Balzer + Bray, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. In Heart and Soul, Kadir Nelson's stirring paintings and words grace 100-plus pages of a gorgeous picture book. SIGNED (REALLY INITIALED) BY KADIR WITH 2011 DATE on title page.Heart and Soul is about the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs. Winner of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor is told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator.
Hardcover. NY, Oxford University Press, 1st, 1978, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a worn and chipped dust jacket with a bar code sticker on rear panel. INSCRIBED TO TV TALK SHOW HOST DICK CAVETT BY AUTHOR on front fly leaf: "To Dick Cavett with appreciation for your steady excellence and thoughtful commentary -with regards and highest esteem - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr./June 30, 1978". Focusing on the actions and attitudes of the courts, legislatures, and public servants in six colonies, Judge Higginbotham shows ways in which the law has contributed to injustices suffered by Black Americans Judge Higginbotham chronicles in unrelenting detail the role of the law in the enslavement and subjugation of black Americans during the colonial period. 512 pages, b&w illustrations. No markings.
Hardcover. New York, Publishers Company, 2nd edition, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 5 volumes: 291, 291, 317, 304, and 306 pages. Light brown cloth covers, with silver and black titles, profusely illustrated with b&w plates. Slight rubbing to covers, small brown stain to spines of Theater and Civil War volumes, previous owner's embossed stamp to all title pages, ex-lib bookplates to all copyright pages, pages very crisp and unmarked, tight binding; overall, volumes are in clean, tight condition. NOTE: DUE TO WEIGHT AND SIZE, DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY.
Hardcover. New York, Pantheon Books, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 55 pages, illustrated with b&w photos by the author, very clean, tight copy, small taped tears to dust jacket.
Hardcover. New York , Diamond Publishing, 1st, 1945, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Poor, 32 pages illustrated in color by George Pal, the animator who created Puppetoons for Paramount Pictures. He later be came an Oscar winning artist for his special effects work on science fiction films. The fragile book has paper chipping at the spine and soiling to edges of the cover. The dust jacket is in poor condition with chunks gone, soil. Important as a stereo-typical depiction of Blacks just after WWII. Scarce.
Hardcover. University Of Iowa Press, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 168 pages. Using jazz as the key metaphor, Porter refocuses old interpretations of Ellison by placing jazz in the foreground and by emphasizing, especially as revealed in his essays, the power of Ellison's thought and cultural perception. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Boston, Little Brown , 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. 32 pages illustrated in color by Grifalconi, Bright, unclipped dust jacket. Sissy, a pensive, round-faced, soft-eyed little black girl, mopes around her Georgia farm feeling neglected, lonely and "all grumpy-like." She is missing her father, who ". . . had died back when I was a baby girl." But her understanding uncle emerges from the fields, sees her sadness, and makes her feel better by reminding her that "we all be family." Uncle Dan knows that, just like his crops, she needs a little watering, a little love , and a little attention to shake off her blues. Sissy's Uncle Dan is able to cheer the little girl up when he takes her into the corn fields and points out to her how each and every one of the ears of corn is different from the other.
Hardcover. Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Boston Globe reporter Haygood ( Two on the River ) weaves together interviews and research to create a nuanced yet vivid narrative about the crusading Harlem congressman who served in the House for 24 years and whose controversial behavior and womanizing often overshadowed his crucial contribution to the War on Poverty. Haygood astutely traces how the light-skinned Powell (1908-1972), who tried to pass as white when a Colgate student, later embraced his blackness and demanded acceptance in the white world. Mixing New York and national political history with Powell's rise as a Baptist minister and politician, Haygood adds deft cameos of characters like Hattie Dodson, Powell's devoted secretary, and Hazel Scott, the jazz star whose wedding to the divorced congressman was "the stuff of grand romance and intrigue." Expelled from Congress in 1966 for alleged misappropriations and an unpaid libel judgment, Powell, Haygood writes poignantly, was shunned by black leaders and, even after reinstatement by the Supreme Court, disparaged by many he had helped. Though less authoritative in assessing Powell's political milieu than Charles V. Hamilton's 1991 book, Adam Clayton Powell Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma , this is a richer portrait of Powell the man. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, Altemus, 1st thus, 1928, Book: Fair, Dust Jacket: None, 62 pages, illustrated in color by Ver Beck. Heavy edgewear to pictorial boards, previous owner's signature on front and rear endpapers. Pages darkened. Hinge separated, loose pages.
Hardcover. New York , Platt & Munk, reprint, 1928, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, yellow cloth with pictorial label on front cover. Illustrated in color and b&w by Eulalie. Unpaginated but 28 pages. Light soil to covers, binding fragile, shaken.
Hardcover. Chicago, Follett Publishing Co., 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. B&W illustrations by Paul Giovanopoulos. 192 pages in a nice, price-clipped dust jacket. The saga of the Amistad. Off the Cuban coast, a slave from Sierra Leone took over the ship which drifted and was taken into custody by the US Navy. The return to Sierra Leone after protracted legal battles. Clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Henry Holt, 1st, 2022, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, unclipped. The moving story of the life of the woman behind A Raisin in the Sun, the most widely anthologized, read, and performed play of the American stage. Written when she was just twenty-eight, Lorraine Hansberry's landmark A Raisin in the Sun is listed by the National Theatre as one of the hundred most significant works of the twentieth century. Hansberry was the first Black woman to have a play performed on Broadway, and the first Black and youngest American playwright to win a New York Critics' Circle Award. Charles J. Shields's authoritative biography of one of the twentieth century's most admired playwrights examines the parts of Lorraine Hansberry's life that have escaped public knowledge: the influence of her upper-class background, her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament, the reason why she embraced Communism during the Cold War, and her dependence on her white husband-her best friend, critic, and promoter. Many of the identity issues about class, sexuality, and race that she struggled with are relevant and urgent today. This dramatic telling of a passionate life-a very American life through self-reinvention-uses previously unpublished interviews with close friends in politics and theater, privately held correspondence, and deep research to reconcile old mysteries and raise new questions about a life not fully described until now.