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Young Adult - African American History - Fiction and Nonfiction

Chains: seeds of America
Chains: seeds of America (2008)
Laurie Halse Anderson
When their owner dies at the start of the Revolution, Isabel and her younger sister are sold to Loyalists in New York, where Isabel is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots.
Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement
Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement (2010)
Rick Bowers
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission compiled secret files on more than 87,000 private citizens in the most extensive state spying program in U.S. history. Its mission: to save segregation.
Call Number: E185.93 .M6 B69 2010
Getting Away with Murder: the true story of the Emmet Till case
Getting Away with Murder: the true story of the Emmet Till case (2003)
Chris Crowe
Presents a true account of the lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi, in 1955.
Call Number: F350 .N4 C76 2003
Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice
Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice (2009)
Phillip M. Hoose
Based on extensive interviews, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, 15 year old Claudette Colvin,skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
Call Number: F334 .M753 C6554 2009
The Forbidden Schoolhouse: the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students
The Forbidden Schoolhouse: the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students (2005)
Suzanne Jurmain
They threw rocks and rotten eggs at the school windows. Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries or let her students attend the town church. Mysteriously, her schoolhouse was set on fire-by whom and how remains a mystery. The town authorities dragged her to jail and put her on trial for breaking the law. Her crime? Trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry.Trying to open and maintain one of the first African American schools in America. Exciting and eye-opening, this account of the heroine of Canterbury, Connecticut, and her elegant schoolhouse at the center of town will give readers a glimpse of what it is like to try to change the world when few agree with you.
Call Number: LA2317.C73 J87 2005
Black Indians: a hidden heritage
Black Indians: a hidden heritage (2012)
William Loren Katz
Traces the history of relations between Blacks and American Indians, and the existence of Black Indians, from the earliest foreign landings through pioneer days.
Call Number: E98 .R28 K37 2012
Still I Rise: a graphic history of African Americans
Still I Rise: a graphic history of African Americans (2009)
Roland Laird, Taneshia Nash Laird
Chronicles achievements made since the time of slavery, including contributions to the arts, science, literature, and politics through the election of President Barack Obama.
Call Number: E185 .L35 2009
Rock and the River
Rock and the River (2009)
Kekla Magoon
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
47 (2005)
Walter Mosley
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.
Sunrise over Fallujah
Sunrise over Fallujah (2008)
Walter Dean Myers
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
Flygirl (2008)
Sherri L. Smith
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Satchel Paige: striking out Jim Crow
Satchel Paige: striking out Jim Crow (2007)
James Sturm
Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.
Call Number: PN6727 .S88 2007Q
Becoming Billie Holiday
Becoming Billie Holiday (2008)
Carole Boston Weatherford
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.
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