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20 Great Reads for Black History Month

Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina

Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens

On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles

A slave no more: two men who escaped to freedom: including their own narratives of emancipation by David W. Blight

The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward

Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta

Phillis Wheatley: biography of a genius in bondage by Vincent Carretta

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: the remarkable story of the friendship between a first lady and a former slave by Jennifer Fleischner

American uprising: the untold story of America's largest slave revolt by Daniel Rasmussen

A century and some change: my life before the president called my name by Ann Nixon Cooper with Karen Grigsby Bates

Coming of age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Passing strange: a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line by Martha A. Sandweiss

Before Motown: a history of jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 by Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert

Freedom summer: the savage summer that made Mississippi burn and made America a democracy by Bruce Watson

We are not afraid: the story of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and the civil rights campaign for Mississippi by Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

Crossing the continent 1527-1540: the story of the first African-American explorer of the American South by Robert Goodwin

The Black history of the White House by Clarence Lusane

Black men built the Capitol: discovering African- American history in and around Washington, D.C. by Jesse J.Holland

The ditchdigger's daughters: a black family's astonishing success story by Yvonne S. Thornton, as told to Jo Coudert

The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson