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Rare Books and Special Collections

Recommended as ready reference for all library professionals who are responsible for rare books and special collections.

How It Feels To Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

This book fills a narrow gap left by other biographies of black female performers, providing a direct link between the development of the civil rights movement and the role of these particular women within it. Fans of late 20th-century American history and popular culture and readers in African American studies will find this an captivating read.

Paul Robeson: A Watched Man

Goodman builds upon previous biographies, such as Martin Duberman's Paul Robeson, in this valuable complementary work. This will round out all collections on Robeson and his mark on history.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

This work complements Russell Olwell's At Work in the Atomic City: A Labor and Social History of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Kiernan capably captures the spirit of women's wartime opportunities and their sacrifices in what is ultimately a captivating narrative. Recommended reading for popular history fans.

Last Season of Innocence

There is a general note on sources, but no direct citations via endnotes, which may disappoint serious readers. However, while numerous other works have examined the cultural history of the 1960s, Brooks's book is one of the few to focus solely on the American teenager. As such, highly recommended for followers of modern American cultural history, although the lack of endnotes is a drawback.

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