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  • GROWING UP BLACK IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI: Memories of a Family, Heritage of a Place. by Archer, Chalmers.
    Archer, Chalmers.
    GROWING UP BLACK IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI: Memories of a Family, Heritage of a Place.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which is part oral history, part autobiography - a memoir of "the extended Archer family, which weathered the Depression and other travails in Tchula, Mississippi. . . Growing up in the '30s and '40s in a large, warm, self-sufficient family, the author feels that he was in a way insulated from the racial harshness of the urban South. Although he experienced segregation, endured brushes with the Ku Klux Klan and was raised among the 'poorest of the poor,' Archer enjoyed singular richness in family and a heritage of religious faith, ambition and attachment to a bountiful land. , this reflective exploration of roots offers an intimate glimpse of…

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    New York: Walker, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which is part oral history, part autobiography - a memoir of "the extended Archer family, which weathered the Depression and other travails in Tchula, Mississippi. . . Growing up in the '30s and '40s in a large, warm, self-sufficient family, the author feels that he was in a way insulated from the racial harshness of the urban South. Although he experienced segregation, endured brushes with the Ku Klux Klan and was raised among the 'poorest of the poor,' Archer enjoyed singular richness in family and a heritage of religious faith, ambition and attachment to a bountiful land. , this reflective exploration of roots offers an intimate glimpse of how it once was for particular blacks in the rural Deep South." (Publishers Weekly) Illustrated with photographs. Includes resources for research into Black history, index. xvi, 156 pp. ISBN: 0-802711758.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84751
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  • Bates, Randolph
    RINGS: On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of Collis Phillips, who became a successful boxer in New Orleans during the height of Jim Crow, and of his family, of the triumphs and the tragedies. Before writing this moving book, Bates spent 10 years with the Phillips family from Collis down thru his great-great grandson, as a friend and biographer. 421 pp plus a section of glossy photographs.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dust jacket (as new except for small soiled spots to outside edge.)

    Book ID: 5576
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  • Carter, Dan T..
    SCOTTSBORO: A Tragedy of the American South.

    Edition: Trade paperback. Revised and updated edition,

    Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, (1979.). An account of this 1930s case and the issues it raised - radicalism, racism, and operation of the Southern court system- as well as what it meant to nine black young men whose lives were changed forever by one morning's ride on an Alabama freight train. Photographs, index. xii, 479 pp. ISBN: 0-8071-04981.

    Condition: Good overall - a sturdy copy, but underlining on several pages.

    Book ID: 57930
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  • SCOTTSBORO: A Tragedy of the American South. by Carter, Dan T..
    Carter, Dan T..
    SCOTTSBORO: A Tragedy of the American South.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York & London: Oxford University Press, (1975, c 1969). An account of this 1930s case and the issues it raised - radicalism, racism, and operation of the Southern court system- as well as what it meant to nine black young men whose lives were changed forever by one morning's ride on an Alabama freight train. Photographs, index. vii, 431 pp. ISBN: 0-195014855.

    Condition: Very good (reading crease on front cover)

    Book ID: 79181
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  • WITNESS TO INJUSTICE. by Frost, David Jr., edited by Louise Westling.
    Frost, David Jr., edited by Louise Westling.
    WITNESS TO INJUSTICE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, (1995). First edition - An account of life as an African American in the rural community of Eufala, Alabama. "Two events in particular that had a lasting effect on the life of David Frost, Jr.: 'Watching my parents make moonshine in our back yard in a wash pot,' he says, 'and listening to my parents tell the story of how the Peterson boy was lynched here in Eufaula. My parents would tell it like it had just happened.' ... [Frost] was a witness to both the dramatic racial violence and the heroic struggles of the civil rights movement. This world included lynchings as well as the quieter activities of everyday life. His story,…

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    Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, (1995). First edition - An account of life as an African American in the rural community of Eufala, Alabama. "Two events in particular that had a lasting effect on the life of David Frost, Jr.: 'Watching my parents make moonshine in our back yard in a wash pot,' he says, 'and listening to my parents tell the story of how the Peterson boy was lynched here in Eufaula. My parents would tell it like it had just happened.' ... [Frost] was a witness to both the dramatic racial violence and the heroic struggles of the civil rights movement. This world included lynchings as well as the quieter activities of everyday life. His story, told honestly and earnestly, pictures an alternately violent and placid community where whites not only brutalized blacks but also came to their aid. Frost tells of the intricate web of collusion, cooperation, treachery, competition, and sometimes gleeful gamesmanship that wove together the lives of black and white people in this typical southern community." Edited and with a preface by Louise Westling. Introduction by Charles Reagan Wilson. xxv, 110 pp. ISBN: 0-878058435.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 77579
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  • ALEXANDER GIFFORD OR VI'LET'S BOY: A Story of Negro Life. by Merrill, Rev. Henry A.
    Merrill, Rev. Henry A.
    ALEXANDER GIFFORD OR VI'LET'S BOY: A Story of Negro Life.

    Edition: Facsimile reprint edition.

    Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries, 1972. Hardcover - A title in The Black Heritage Library Collection, of a work originally published in 1905. In his preface Merrill, a white minister, states that he sought to show "the real purpose of educated negroes, just as I have seen it carried out, in their efforts to adjust themselves to their new surroundings. My Negro characters are taken from lowly cabin homes, educated in good schools, and become influential agencies among their people." Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and three internal plates. 331 pp. ISBN: 0-836990366.

    Condition: Fine in black cloth with silver lettering on the spine.

    Book ID: 83322
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  • THE REVISIONERS. by Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson.
    Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson.
    THE REVISIONERS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2019). SIGNED first edition - Award-winning author's second novel. Named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times who commented that this is "told in alternating chapters from the points of view of two African-American women connected by blood but divided by time: a biracial single mom in 2017 and a former sharecropper turned farm-owning widow in 1924. Both tell their progeny stories that ground the novel in the harsh facts of history even as they take on the weight of myth." SIGNED on the title page and dated in Sept 2019, that is before publication. Letter from the publisher and marketing information bound in. 276 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83004
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  • THE REVISIONERS. by Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson.
    Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson.
    THE REVISIONERS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2019). SIGNED first edition - Award-winning author's second novel. Named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times who commented that this is "told in alternating chapters from the points of view of two African-American women connected by blood but divided by time: a biracial single mom in 2017 and a former sharecropper turned farm-owning widow in 1924. Both tell their progeny stories that ground the novel in the harsh facts of history even as they take on the weight of myth." SIGNED on the title page. Letter from the publisher and marketing information bound in. 276 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 81464
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  • GINNY GALL: A Life in the South. by Smith, Charlie.
    Smith, Charlie.
    GINNY GALL: A Life in the South.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2016). First edition - An epic novel of race and violence in the Jim Crow South . ."Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in the Red Row section of Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by the proprietor of the town's leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, and a rare peace in a hostile world. After a series of devastating events - a lynching, a church burning - Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town. He rides the rails, meets fellow travelers, falls in love, and sees an America sliding into the Great…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2016). First edition - An epic novel of race and violence in the Jim Crow South . ."Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in the Red Row section of Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by the proprietor of the town's leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, and a rare peace in a hostile world. After a series of devastating events - a lynching, a church burning - Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town. He rides the rails, meets fellow travelers, falls in love, and sees an America sliding into the Great Depression. But he and a group of other young men are falsely charged with the rape of two white women, and shackled to a system of enslavement masquerading as justice." 451 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (some toning to outer edge of textblock)

    Book ID: 85949
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  • GOMILLION VERSUS LIGHTFOOT. by Taper, Bernard.
    Taper, Bernard.
    GOMILLION VERSUS LIGHTFOOT.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, (1962). "Apartheid in Alabama." A book about the case argued before the Supreme court regarding the denial of African-American voting rights in Tuskegee, Alabama perpetrated through the gerrymandering of the township's boundaries - that is from a square to a 28 sided district that excluded all African Americans. Map. Named a notable book of 1962, this is still relevant today. 118 pp.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 76543
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  • MISSISSIPPI CHALLENGE. by Walter, Mildred Pitts.
    Walter, Mildred Pitts.
    MISSISSIPPI CHALLENGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bradbury Press, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - The history of African Americans in Mississippi told by this award-winning author in a major, two-part work of nonfiction - the first covering the period through slavery, reconstruction and the Jim Crow era, the second focusing on the civil rights era, and the drive for voter registration. Whenever possible, the story is told in the words of the participants. Illustrated throughout with historic photographs, map of Mississippi. Ssource notes, bibliography, index, xv, 205 pp. ISBN: 0-02-7923010.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58208
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