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A host of bibliographies are available online on African American history and culture. However we began our compilation with selected texts we considered classics or seminal in intellectual value. Then we asked people we know to give us the titles of books that made a profound impact on their lives and Blacks in the diaspora. We then took these two sets of titles to see if we could find their frequency among those listed on some of the top online sites which present Africana history bibliographies. Even we were amazed at the results. Our recommended readings include a wealth of knowledge—and many of these texts are considered ground-breaking. In addition, the exercise revealed that several noted scholars who have produced additional texts which comprise a comprehensive body of work. In our recommended readings you will find scholarship, biography, textbooks, essays, opinion, and literature (fiction, prose, poetry). Some of the texts listed below have been characterized as pedagogic instruments which have caused a “paradigm shift” in society, particularly in our understanding and interpretation of African American history and culture. For all those who read and have no fear of the intelligent narrative—History Is A State of Mind
100 Transformational Texts In The Study Of African American History And Culture: Part II, 51—100
51. Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Washington Square Press: New York, 2003.
52. Jackson, John G., Introduction to African Civilization. New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1980.
53. James, Cyril Lionel Robert (C.L.R.), The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 1963.
54. James, George G.M., Stolen Legacy. San Francisco: Julian Richardson Associates, 1976.
55. Johnson, Charles, Middle Passage, Dutton/New American Library, 1991.
56. Jordan, Winthrop D., White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward The Negro, 1550-1812. Chapel Hill: N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.
57. Karenga, Maulana, Maat: The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt. Los Angeles, CA: The University of Sankore Press, 2006.
58. Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies. Inglewood: Kawaida Publications, 1982.
59. Kelley, Robin D. G. Freedom Dreams: the Black Radical Imagination. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
60. Kenyatta, Jomo. Facing Mount Kenya: The Traditional Life of the Gikuyu. Nairobi: Heinemann Educational Books, 1978.
61. King, Jr., Martin Luther, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
62. Locke, Alain. The New Negro. New York: Atheneum, 1968.
63. Logan, Rayford Whittingham, The Negro in American life and thought: the nadir, 1877-1901. New York: Dial Press, 1954.
64. Madhubuti, Haki, Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous, Third World Press, 1990.
65. Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. London: Little, Brown and Co., 1999.
66. Marable, Manning, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society. Cambridge: South End Press, 2000.
67. Martin, Tony, Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Dover, MA: The Majority Press, 1986.
68. Memmi, Albert, The Colonizer and the Colonized. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.
69. Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye, New York: Dutton/Plume, 2000.
70. Morrison, Toni, Beloved, New York: Dutton/New American Library, 1991.
71. Morton, Patricia, Disfigured Images: The Historical Assault on Afro-American Women, New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
72. Moses, Wilson Jeremiah. The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 1988.
73. Painter, Nell Irvin, Exodusters: Black Migration To Kansas After Reconstruction. New York: Knopf, 1977.
74. Raboteau, Albertt J., Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” In The Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
75. Robeson, Paul, Here I Stand. New York: Othello Associates, 1968.
76. Rodgers, J.A., From “Superman” to Man New York, N.Y.: Helga M. Rogers, 1968
77. Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, (1972) 1981.
78. Smitherman, Geneva, Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.
79. Sterling, Dorothy, (ed). We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: W.W. Norton, 1984.
80. Taylor, Quintard, In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990. New York: Norton, 1998.
81. Turner, Lorenzo, Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949
82. Turner, Nat, The Confessions of Nat Turner New York: Random House, (1831) 1967.
83. Van Sertima, Ivan, They Came Before Columbus. New York: Random House, 1976.
84. Walker, Alice, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.
85. Walker, Margaret, Jubilee, New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1984.
86. Walker, Sheila, African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2001.
87. Walters, Ron, Pan-Africanism in the African Diaspora: An Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993.
88. Washington, Booker T., Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963.
89. Wells Barnett, Ida, Jacqueline Jones Royster. Southern Horrors And Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign Of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900, Boston, MA: Bedford Books, 1997.
90. West, Cornell, Race Matters, Ypsilanti, MI: Beacon Press, 1993.
91. White, Deborah Gray, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999.
92. Williams, Chancellor, The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. Chicago: Third World Press. 1974.
93. Williams, Eric, Capitalism and Slavery, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944.
94. Williams, John A., The Man Who Cried I Am, New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1985.
95. Williams, Juan, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. New York: Viking, 1987.
96. Woodson, Carter Godwin, The Mis-education of the Negro. Trenton, NJ: African World Press. (1933) 1998.
97. Woodward, C. Vann, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
98. Wright, Richard, Black Boy, New York: HarperCollins, 1969.
99. Wright, Richard, Native Son. New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.
100. Yette, Sam, The Choice. New York: Putnam, 1971.