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Slide 0: The Substance of Hope
The Substance of Hope
$17.00
The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress a trenchant examination of the contested meanings of President Obama's election, from a preeminent scholar of race, politics, and American history—with a new introduction by the author. When voters in 2008 chose the United States' first Black president, some Americans hailed the event as a sign that the nation had, at long last, transcended its bloody history of racial inequality. Obama's victory was indescribably momentous, but if the intervening years proved anything, it is that we never leave history entirely behind. Indeed, this may be the ultimate lesson of the Obama era. First published in 2010, The Substance of Hope is acclaimed historian Jelani Cobb's meditation on what Obama's election represented, an insightful investigation into the civil rights movement forces that helped produce it, and a prescient inquiry into how American society does—and does not—change.
 
Slide 1: On Juneteenth
On Juneteenth
$15.95
On Juneteenth provides a historian's view of the country's long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, author Annette Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.
 
Slide 2: African American Poetry
African American Poetry
$45.00
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song gathers 250 poets from the colonial period to the present. Only now, in the 21st century, can we fully grasp the breadth and range of African American poetry: a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect. Here, in this unprecedented anthology expertly selected by poet and scholar Kevin Young, this precious living heritage is revealed in all its power, beauty, and multiplicity.

* For an interview with the Editor, Kevin Young, and his new anthology, click here.
 
Slide 3: Farming While Black
Farming While Black
$34.95
Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is the first comprehensive "how to" guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture. At Soul Fire Farm, author Leah Penniman co-created the Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion (BLFI) program as a container for new farmers to share growing skills in a culturally relevant and supportive environment led by people of color. Farming While Black organizes and expands upon the curriculum of the BLFI to provide readers with a concise guide to all aspects of small-scale farming, from business planning to preserving the harvest.
 
Slide 4: Black Smoke
Black Smoke
$30.00
Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue Across America explores how barbecue became one of the nation's most distinctive culinary arts. But Adrian Miller—admitted "cuehead" and longtime certified barbecue judge—asks why, in today's barbecue culture, don't African Americans get the love and recognition they deserve? In Black Smoke, Miller chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today. It's a smoke-filled story of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship. Miller celebrates and restores the faces and stories of the men and women who have influenced this American cuisine. This beautifully illustrated chronicle also features 22 barbecue recipes collected just for this book.
 
Slide 5: The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
$15.95
In this amazing first-hand narrative first published in 1881, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass vividly recounts the former plantation slave's journey to becoming a brilliant writer and eloquent orator. Douglass details his brutal early years filled with physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy and his dramatic escapes to the North and subsequent recaptures and eventual freedom. Douglass also explores his work for the Anti-Slavery Society and influential role in speaking for other African-Americans; his abolitionist campaigns, and crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.
 
Slide 6: We Were Eight Years in Power
We Were Eight Years in Power
$28.00
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president." This book also examines the new voices, ideas and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history.
 
Slide 7: Four Hundred Souls
Four Hundred Souls
$16.00
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 serves as a "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers. 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the first captive Africans in Virginia—and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. They've gathered Black writers from all disciplines to tell one of history's great epics: the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present.
 
Slide 8: The Weary Blues
The Weary Blues
$26.95
This celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes. Hughes—who was just 24 at the time of The Weary Blues's first appearance—spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in American literature. In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is "celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream," and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American "I" and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and the great 20th-century anthem that begins "I, too, sing America," but also the poet's shorter lyrics and fancies, which dream just as deeply.
 
Slide 9: High on the Hog
High on the Hog
$20.00
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America comes from acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris who weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine. She takes the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America and tracks the trials the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks to fried chicken and vegan soul, Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form an important part of African American culture, history, and identity. Although the story of African cuisine in America begins with slavery, High on the Hog ultimately chronicles a thrilling history of triumph and survival.
 
Slide 10: The Jemima Code
The Jemima Code
$45.00
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks presents more than 150 black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant's manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics by authors such as Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor. Author Toni Tipton-Martin provides notes on the authors and their contributions and the significance of each book, while her chapter introductions summarize the cultural history reflected in the books that follow. These cookbooks offer first hand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights. The Jemima Code transforms America's most maligned kitchen servant into an inspirational and powerful model of culinary wisdom and cultural authority.
 
Slide 11: Tar Beach
Tar Beach
$17.99
This 25th anniversary edition of Faith Ringgold's beloved Tar Beach weaves fiction, autobiography, and African American history into a magical story that resonates with the universal wish for freedom, and will be cherished for generations. Cassie Louise Lightfoot has a dream: to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on "tar beach," the rooftop of her family's Harlem apartment building, her dreams come true. The stars lift her up, and she flies over the city, claiming the buildings and the city as her own.