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  • SECRET DAUGHTER: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away. by Cross, June.
    Cross, June.
    SECRET DAUGHTER: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "A powerful memoir about the complicated but ultimately loving relationship between a black daughter and her white mother. . a portrait of a childhood spent in two very different worlds: one white, one black. In 1957, when June Cross was four years old, she was sent by her white mother to live with a black family in Atlantic City." INSCRIBED on the half title page "To-- stay strong, keep the faith!" Photographs. 304 pp. Author's business card laid in. ISBN: 0-67088555X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 69836
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  • THE PUNCH: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever. by Feinstein, John.
    Feinstein, John.
    THE PUNCH: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, 2002. First edition - "1977 and an on-court fight breaks out between the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers. Rudy Tomjanovitch races to break it up and is met by Kermit Washington's fist, delivering one of the worst punches ever seen in sport. Basketball was changed for ever. Tomjanovitch was a Rockets all-star, 6'7" and white. The punch dislodged his skull from his head, leaving him needing years of surgery and therapy. Washington was . . . one of six athletes in the history of the NCAA to be both an academic all-American and a basketball all-American. By all accounts an exemplary man - until the split-second in which he threw his arm…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, 2002. First edition - "1977 and an on-court fight breaks out between the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers. Rudy Tomjanovitch races to break it up and is met by Kermit Washington's fist, delivering one of the worst punches ever seen in sport. Basketball was changed for ever. Tomjanovitch was a Rockets all-star, 6'7" and white. The punch dislodged his skull from his head, leaving him needing years of surgery and therapy. Washington was . . . one of six athletes in the history of the NCAA to be both an academic all-American and a basketball all-American. By all accounts an exemplary man - until the split-second in which he threw his arm forward and devastated his reputation. The fact that Washington is black hasn't helped his treatment in the press or public opinion and no team in the NBA will hire him as a coach. . . the untold story of what went wrong that night, the drastic response by the NBA, the conspiracy theories about the fight's origins and a story of how one man's mistake has haunted two good men for their entire adult lives." 370 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 68243
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  • THE LIBERATION OF LORD BYRON JONES. by Ford, Jesse Hill.
    Ford, Jesse Hill.
    THE LIBERATION OF LORD BYRON JONES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1965) dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern author's controversial second novel, based on events in the town where he lived and one which reveals the racial tensions buried in a small town - "Undertaker L.B. Jones, the richest black man in his county of Tennessee, seeks out legal representation to divorce his wife, who is pregnant after having an affair with a white police officer. To prevent his affair from being dragged into a court of law, the police officer violently takes matters into his own hands." Basis for the film of the same name directed by William Wyler. 364 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (corners of several pages creased, some rubbing to the dj, wear at the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 71178
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  • CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball. by Lamb, Chris.
    Lamb, Chris.
    CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2012). First edition - "The campaign to desegregate baseball was one of the most important civil rights stories of the 1930s and 1940s. . . Even today, as far as most Americans know, the integration of baseball revolved around Branch Rickey's signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945. This book shows how Rickey's move, critical as it may well have been, came after more than a decade of work by black and left-leaning journalists to desegregate the game. Drawing on hundreds of newspaper articles and interviews with journalists, Chris Lamb reveals how differently black and white newspapers, and black and white America, viewed racial equality. He shows how white mainstream…

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    Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (2012). First edition - "The campaign to desegregate baseball was one of the most important civil rights stories of the 1930s and 1940s. . . Even today, as far as most Americans know, the integration of baseball revolved around Branch Rickey's signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945. This book shows how Rickey's move, critical as it may well have been, came after more than a decade of work by black and left-leaning journalists to desegregate the game. Drawing on hundreds of newspaper articles and interviews with journalists, Chris Lamb reveals how differently black and white newspapers, and black and white America, viewed racial equality. He shows how white mainstream sportswriters perpetuated the color line by participating in what their black counterparts called a 'conspiracy of silence.' Between 1933 and 1945, black newspapers and the Communist Daily Worker published hundreds of articles and editorials calling for an end to baseball's color line. The efforts of the alternative presses. . constitute one of baseball's - and the civil rights movement's - great untold stories." Notes, bibliography. xiii, 374 pp plus several blank pages.

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    Condition: Fine in gray illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 63224
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  • COAL TO CREAM: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race. by Robinson, Eugene.
    Robinson, Eugene.
    COAL TO CREAM: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Free Press, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A thoughtful study of how his attitude towards race changed when he went to Brazil - a country which looks at people through a broad spectrum of colors, rather than black and white as in the US. He discovered in the process that racial identity is of great value rather than the burden it had seemed. 271 pp. ISBN: 0-684-857227.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 54193
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  • COAL TO CREAM: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race. by Robinson, Eugene.
    Robinson, Eugene.
    COAL TO CREAM: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: The Free Press, (1999.). First edition - A thoughtful study of how his attitude towards race changed when he went to Brazil - a country which looks at people through a broad spectrum of colors, rather than black and white as in the US. He discovered in the process that racial identity is of great value rather than the burden it had seemed. 271 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 54248
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  • PARALLEL TIME: Growing Up in Black and White. by Staples, Brent.
    Staples, Brent.
    PARALLEL TIME: Growing Up in Black and White.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, both a moving memoir and a provocative look at growing up black in a white USA - scholarships to a local college and then graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him away from his home in a small industrial town near Philadelphia - a town where the industries were failing and drug dealing rushed in to fill the void. His younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his "clients." 274 pp. ISBN: 0-679421548.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64719
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  • NO EXCUSES: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning. by Thernstrom, Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom.
    Thernstrom, Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom.
    NO EXCUSES: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003). SIGNED hardcover - An appraisal of the racial gap in education today, primarily as it affects Black and Hispanic students, which cites educational inequalities as a central civil rights issue, the limited impact of Title One, Head Start and other reforms, while highlighting inner-city schools that demonstrate models of educational excellence and suggesting ways that educational problems can be overcome. SIGNED by both authors on the title page. Illustrated with charts and figures. Extensive notes, index. 334 pp. ISBN: 0-743204468.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 79178
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  • Walker, Margaret. (edited by Maryemma Graham.)
    HOW I WROTE 'JUBILEE' AND OTHER ESSAYS ON LIFE AND LITERATURE.

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

    New York: The Feminist Press, 1990. First edition - Other essays include rediscovering black women writers, Faulkner and race, and more. Includes a preface by the editor. 153 pp. ISBN: 1-55861-0049.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 23701
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