Thomas J. Davis

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The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity

Aiello’s searching spotlight shows general readers and scholars a formidable figure and further illuminates the role and power of journalism and television during the civil rights movement. A welcome study of a pioneering man and his times.
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Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider

Person’s engagingly rendered, intimate testimony offers a look at the power of character and conviction among grassroots activists who paid the painful price of direct action to penetrate America’s consciousness. His words call for continuing efforts to “do something.”
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The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America

Explaining how trafficking in slaves advanced private and public priorities as it produced great wealth and promoted national growth, Rothman displays the ever-present and impoverishing cost to the enslaved. A must-read account that sheds light on the interdependence of slavery and capitalism in the United States.

The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century

A must for all students, researchers, and general readers with an interest in Black lives, this essential overview of the CCP’s legacy offers fresh understanding of the history of organized Black activism and commitment to community efforts for equal rights. Highest recommendation.
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Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

Zamalin’s brief and blunt critique of failures and successes in the struggle for human rights in the United States calls to readers who care about racial and social justice to commit to a progressive, multiracial democratic movement to fight oppression, end discrimination, and extend economic freedom. Critical reading.
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Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Mixing memoir, civil rights history, and polemic, this blunt litany by Flowers delivers a call to action for all concerned about sustainable solutions to the shamefully inadequate environmental infrastructure, policies, and practices in the United States.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Tracing the growth of Louverture from revolutionary leader to mythic figure, this engrossing read reveals and recovers the historic place both he and the country of Haiti deserve to occupy in the story of the Atlantic world’s creation and re-creation.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

This gripping read, essential for anyone interested in the man or his times, delivers penetrating explanations and fresh insights into previously unexamined dimensions of Malcolm X and his becoming and being El-hajj Malik El Shabazz within the context of Black life. Highest recommendation.

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