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by:Armstrong, William H. (William Howard), 1914-1999

Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

Editions:200  Date:1953 - 2016  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Historical fiction, Historical fiction


The confessions of Nat Turner

by:Styron, William, 1925-

"In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery. The revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region" --dust jacket.

Editions:296  Date:1957 - 2017  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction


A raisin in the sun

by:Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965

When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only was it a pioneering work by an African-American playwright - Lorraine Hansberry's play was also a radically new representation of black life, one that was resolutely authentic, fiercely unsentimental, and unflinching in its vision of what happens to people whose dreams are constantly deferred. In her portrait of an embattled Chicago family, Hansberry anticipated issues that range from generational clashes to the civil rights and women's movements. She also posed the essential questions - about identity, justice and moral responsibility - at the heart of these great struggles. The result is a work that captivated audiences from every walk of life and has become a classic of American letters.

Editions:195  Date:1951 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Domestic drama, Domestic drama, Drama, History


Five smooth stones : [a novel]

by:Fairbairn, Ann, 1901 or 1902-1972

Returning to the South to fight for the civil rights movement, a young black lawyer finds his life complicated by a beautiful white artist.

Editions:68  Date:1956 - 2018


Sweet whispers, Brother Rush

by:Hamilton, Virginia, 1934-2002

Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.

Editions:29  Date:1959 - 2011  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Ghost stories, Ghost stories, Juvenile works, Ghost stories


The complete tales of Uncle Remus

by:Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908

Tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer B'ar, Brer Wolf, and others told by Uncle Remus are gathered together in one volume.

Editions:46  Date:1955 - 2014  Genre(s):Folklore, Folklore, Fairy tales, Fairy tales, Fairy tales


A raisin in the sun : a drama in three acts

by:Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965

"A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a black middle-class family in Chicago." -- (Source of summary not specified)

Editions:46  Date:1958 - 1987  Genre(s):Drama, Domestic drama, Domestic drama, Acting editions, Acting editions


The best of Simple

by:Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

Langston Hughes's stories about Jesse B. Semple--first composed for a weekly column in the Chicago Defender and then collected in Simple Speaks His Mind, Simple Takes a Wife, and Simple Stakes a Claim--have been read and loved by hundreds of thousands of readers. In The Best of Simple, the author picked his favorites from these earlier volumes, stories that not only have proved popular but are now part of a great and growing literary tradition.

Editions:52  Date:1957 - 2015  Genre(s):Short stories, Short stories


The Langston Hughes reader : [the selected writings of Langston Hughes

by:Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

A compilation of writings by early twentieth-century African-American author Langston Hughes, including excerpts from novels and autobiographies, short stories, plays, poems, songs, and essays.

Editions:33  Date:1958 - 1996  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Drama, Biographies, Poetry, Short stories


Do you know what I'll do?

by:Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-2013

A little girl delights her brother with a series of promises about all the wonderful things she'll do to make him happy as they both grow up.

Editions:21  Date:1958 - 2007  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works


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