African American History Books

Although American history often resonates with the names of many great African American men and women, there are countless other lesser-known inspiring figures who have contributed significantly and helped to shape American and World history. The African American story often reflects on struggle, but there are many untold stories of inspiration, innovation, courage, genius and bravery.

Unsung African American History Makers: Unknown Hidden Figures and Their Stories

There are many untold stories that reveal the best of Americans who stepped up when duty called, broke through barriers, or quietly made their communities better one person at a time. Not everyone who has helped to change the country and the world always get the credit they deserve, even though their actions are the kind of impact that changes things for the better. There are many hidden figures of untaught history who deserve to be celebrated for their incredible contributions, but their names are left out of the narrative.

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama wrote this book of transforming power.

The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans

In each chapter, individual African Americans are the pivot points on which historical changes of the era turn. Life stories capture the rush of events that envelop individuals and illuminate the momentous decisions that, collectively, frame the American past and present. Inasmuch as that history is grounded in struggle—in the consistent and insistent call to the United States to deliver on the constitutional promises made to all its citizens. 

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The Atlas of African-American History and Politics: From the Slave Trade to Modern Times

150 originally produced maps which trace the African experience throughout the world and in America. The volume traces the complete history of African Americans and their lives, employing artfully-conceived maps, and enhanced by sharply-written historic narratives, graphically reinforcing the facts.

Documents of Freedom Boxed Set

This handsome three-book set features the three most historic founding documents of the United States of America: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, and The Bill of Rights. 

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence 

Celebrating centuries of achievements, this book provides insights on the influence, inspiration, and impact of African Americans on U.S. society and culture. A legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph is presented through a fascinating mix of biographies―including 750 influential figures―little-known or misunderstood historical facts, enlightening essays on significant legislation and movements, and 445 rare photographs and illustrations.

The Birth of African American Culture

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African American past.

Being an African Student: Stories of Opportunity and Determination

Using the personal stories of 11 African students, the book confronts the question, what is it like for Africans to detach from their heritage and home, and become students in the U.S.?

Books N Bros: 44 Inspiring Books for Black Boys

Teen entrepreneur Sidney Keys III spreads his love of literacy with this compilation reviewing his 44 inspiring books for Black teen boys—from classic fiction to fantasy, graphic novels to history books. Empowering boys of color and advocating for African American literacy, Keys gives tips and ideas for how kids can advocate for reading right where they are now.

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires 

Mary Ellen Pleasant used her Gold Rush wealth to further the cause of abolitionist John Brown. Robert Reed Church became the largest landowner in Tennessee. Hannah Elias, the mistress of a New York City millionaire, used the land her lover gave her to build an empire in Harlem. Orphan and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo-Malone developed the first national brand of hair care products. Mississippi schoolteacher O. W. Gurley, developed a piece of Tulsa, Oklahoma, into a “town” for wealthy black professionals and craftsmen that would become known as “the Black Wall Street.” Although Madam C. J Walker was given the title of America’s first female black millionaire, she was not. She was the first, however, to flaunt and openly claim her wealth—a dangerous and revolutionary act.

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Language, Society, and Empowerment in Africa and Its Diaspora

Akinloyè Òjó calls for the development and empowerment of African languages to serve in various domains, including the support of basic literacy and daily survival of their users.

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In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past 

Unlike most white Americans who can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to step foot on this country’s shores, most African Americans encounter a series of daunting obstacles when trying to trace their family’s past. Slavery brutally negated identity, denying Black men and women even their names. But from that legacy of slavery have sprung generations who’ve struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

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Barack Obama: A Kid’s Book About Becoming the First Black President of the United States

Family Tree Heritage Gold 16 – Genealogy Software

Works on Windows 11, 10, & 8. Access to over 14 billion historical records, photos, news stories, and documents. Available in English, French, Spanish, and German.

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Deluxe Limited Edition

Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Pete Souza’s most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format.

African American Pioneers 

They have impacted and influenced the prosperity of our great nation, and there is no field or aspect of the country that has not been enhanced and improved by AA influence. African Americans have been very involved and instrumental in the economic development of the USA and have contributed to defending our nation through military excellence. The extraordinary contributions that they have made in this country includes all professions.

Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” 

1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History

Distinguished historian and National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Steward illuminates the famous and the obscure, people like Estevanico, the first African explorer in America, and Sojourner Truth, one of the few Black women to participate in both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. He tells us how the former slave Peter Salem dispatched the hated British major at the battle of Bunker Hill, and how Colin Powell earned his medals in Vietnam. And he reminds us of the artistic contributions of filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, dancer Katherine Dunham, and actor Ira Aldridge.

Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present

Historical subjects such as Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker illuminate the past; Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali take us to the civil rights era; Denzel Washington, Lil’ Kim, and Michelle Obama celebrate the present. 

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100 African Americans Who Shaped American History: Incredible Stories of Black Heroes

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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

The story begins in 1619—a year before the Mayflower—when the White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history. 

An Outline of Asante History: A Historical Account of West African history

Take a journey with Osei Kwadwo, a renowned Asante historian who tells an unbiased story of the history of the Ashanti and the Gold Coast through the lens of its indigenous people. A journey filled with love, destiny, betrayal, slavery, human sacrifice, genocide, education, and freedom. This untold story will show the truth about Ashanti history, the impacts of British colonization, and its legacy on African, Black, and World history.

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Gender and Development in Africa and Its Diaspora

This book considers how the establishment and/or improvement of gender equality impacts on the social, economic, religious, cultural, environmental and political developments of human societies in Africa and its Diaspora.

Black Legend: The Many Lives of Raúl Grigera and the Power of Racial Storytelling in Argentina

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregated units and performing unheralded but vital support jobs, only to be denied housing and educational opportunities on their return home. Without their crucial contributions to the war effort, the United States could not have won the war. And yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.”

Forgotten African American Firsts: An Encyclopedia of Pioneering History

While the achievements of such individuals as Barack Obama, Toni Morrison, and Thurgood Marshall are well known, many accomplished African Americans have been largely forgotten or deliberately erased from the historical record in America. This book has been carefully curated to showcase the inspiring stories of African Americans whose hard work, courage, and talent have led the course of history in the United States and around the world.

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Black Mercuries: African American Athletes, Race, and the Modern Olympic Games

In the modern Olympic Games, from 1896 through the present, African American athletes have sought to honor themselves, their race, and their nation on the global stage. But even as these incredible athletes have served to promote visions of racial harmony in the supposedly-apolitical Olympic setting, many have also bravely used the games as a means to bring attention to racial disparities in their country and around the world.

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Africatown: America’s Last Slave Ship and the Community It Created

In 1860, a ship called the Clotilda was smuggled through the Alabama Gulf Coast, carrying the last group of enslaved people ever brought to the U.S. from West Africa. Five years later, the shipmates were emancipated, but they had no way of getting back home. Instead, they created their own community outside the city of Mobile, where they spoke Yoruba and appointed their own leaders, a story chronicled in Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon.

After many decades of neglect and a Jim Crow legal system that targeted the area for industrialization, the community is struggling to survive. Many community members believe the pollution from the heavy industry surrounding their homes has caused a cancer epidemic among residents, and companies are eyeing even more land for development.

The Dangers of a Single Story: Uncovering Stereotypical Biases Between African Immigrants and African Americans

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The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

This comprehensive history of African American fraternities and sororities celebrates the spirit of Black Excellence in higher education that has produced American leaders in politics, sports, arts, and culture such as Kamala Harris, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, and Toni Morrison, and is sure to be a treasured resource for generations to come.

Marcus Garvey: Message to the People

For one month he instructed an elite student body — at its peak the largest international mass movement of African peoples — on topics ranging from universal knowledge and how to attain it to leadership, character, God, and the social system. 

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

The Harvard Guide to African-American History

This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African Americans’ experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans.

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Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African American History (Kindle Edition)

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A Child’s Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country

T&T Clark Handbook of African American Theology

This handbook explores the central theme of Christian faith from various disciplinary approaches and different contexts of Black experience in the United States. The central unifying theme is freedom; an important concept both in American culture and Christianity.

The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women

These photos tell the story of how the sewing machine and the camera became powerful tools for women’s self-expression, revealing a truly glorious display of everyday beauty.

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Portraits of African-American Heroes

A stunningly beautiful book consisting of portraits-in pictures and words-of twenty outstanding African Americans. The individuals range from historical to contemporary figures, such as the dancer Judith Jamison, and represent diverse fields of endeavor, from the law to athletics, science, and more. A book to inspire, to teach, or to display, with its large trim size and striking design, it is as handsome as it is important.

History of the Slave Trade: The Origins of the Slave Trade and Its Impacts Throughout History and the Present Day

The trafficking of enslaved Africans lasted 400 years and is one of the most shameful chapters in human history. Between 1500 and 1900, it’s estimated that around 12 million African men, women, and children were forcibly taken from their homes by Europeans before being cruelly transported thousands of miles across the Atlantic. It was the largest single forced migration of people in history, and its trauma spans generations.

Those who survived the horrific “Middle Passage” would then be sold, often separated from their families, and put to work as enslaved workers on plantations throughout the New World, their labor, knowledge, and skills stolen by their enslavers. These enslaved people had no rights, were tortured daily, and their children were stolen and sold away, among dozens of other human rights abuses that occurred by rote on the plantations.

African History: Explore the Amazing Timeline of the World’s Richest Continent

Journey into The Heart of Africa & Explore Over 2,000 Years of History, People, Countries, Myths, Facts & More.

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An African American History: From Israel, through Africa to America

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Great Speeches by African Americans

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American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics

Acclaimed journalist and paramedic Kevin Hazzard tells the dramatic story of how a group of young, under-educated Black men forged a new frontier of healthcare. He follows a rich cast of characters that includes John Moon, an orphan who found his calling as a paramedic; Peter Safar, the Nobel Prize-nominated physician who invented CPR and realized his vision for a trained ambulance service; and Nancy Caroline, the idealistic young doctor who turned a scrappy team into an international leader. At every turn, Freedom House battled racism—from the community, the police, and the government. Their job was grueling, the rules made up as they went along, their mandate nearly impossible—and yet despite the long odds and fierce opposition, they succeeded spectacularly.

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African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins through the American Revolution

What are the origins of slavery and race-based prejudice in the mainland American colonies? How did the Atlantic slave trade operate to supply African labor to colonial America? How did African American culture form and evolve? How did the American Revolution affect men and women of African descent?

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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography was begun in 1974 while he was a prisoner on Robben Island and finished many years later, under very different circumstances, when he was President of South Africa.

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Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, with Documents

Nina Simone: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist

A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

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Nothing Personal by James Baldwin

James Baldwin’s critique of American society at the height of the Civil Rights Movement brings his prescient thoughts on social isolation, race, and police brutality to a new generation of readers.

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Black Inventors: 15 Inventions that Changed the World 

Throughout history, Black inventors have achieved some of the world’s greatest advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math. This book highlights 15 men and women who made a big impact with their inventions—from Marie Van Brittan Brown, who created the first home security system, to Mark Dean, who invented the personal computer. Learn all about each inventor’s creative process, their invention, and the way it’s benefited our world.

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BLK ART: The Audacious Legacy of Black Artists and Models in Western Art 

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Slave Escapes & the Underground Railroad in North Carolina

Quaker safe houses and freed slave communities were a fixture in North Carolina. The Coffin family in Greensboro helped develop safe zones and houses on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. In the east, networks of freedmen and sympathizers aided slaves, hiding in remote locations such as the Dismal Swamp. In coastal towns like New Bern and Wilmington, slaves were secreted aboard ships in search of freedom along maritime routes.

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora

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African American Political Thought: A Collected History

This volume stresses the individuality of Black thinkers, the transnational and diasporic consciousness, and how individual speakers and writers draw on various traditions simultaneously to broaden our conception of African American political ideas.

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African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era

The service of African Americans in defense of the Union during the Civil War required African American nurses, doctors and surgeons to heal those soldiers. In the nation’s capital, these brave healthcare workers created a medical infrastructure for African Americans by African Americans. Preeminent surgeon Alexander T. Augusta fought discrimination, visited President Lincoln, testified before Congress and aided the war effort. Washington’s Freedmen’s Hospital was formed to serve the district’s growing free African American population, eventually becoming the Howard University Medical Center. These physicians would form the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest organization representing African American doctors and patients.

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African Americans of Wilmington’s East Side (Images of America)

By the mid-1950s, the East Side emerged as a predominantly Black, achievement-oriented community–a place where working-class families, Black-owned businesses, and Black doctors, lawyers, teachers, musicians, and community leaders lived, worshipped, and worked together amid segregation. 

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Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. And yet, if these individuals are mentioned at all in histories of the state, it is with a sentence or two about their small numbers, or the belief that they all were from slaveholding states and served as substitutes for Wisconsin draftees.  Relative to the total number of Badgers who served in the Civil War, African Americans soldiers were few, but they constituted a significant number in at least five regiments of the United States Colored Infantry and several other companies.

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The African American Struggle for Identity: The Struggle for Somebodiness

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How Long? How Long?: African American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights

Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists

The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States

Among its fascinating accounts are those explaining how thousands of enslaved people in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas successfully escaped into the neighboring Indian Territory in Oklahoma. These runaways inspired the idea eventually adopted as the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves within the states that were in rebellion. Inspired by a conversation that William Loren Katz had with Langston Hughes, The Black West presents long-neglected stories of daring pioneers like Nat Love, a.k.a. Deadwood Dick; Mary Fields, a.k.a. Stagecoach Mary; Cranford Goldsby, a.k.a. Cherokee Bill—and a host of other intrepid men and women who marched into the wilderness alongside Chief Osceola, Billy the Kid, and Geronimo. 

From Here to Equality, Second Edition: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. But neither Reconstruction nor the New Deal nor the civil rights struggle led to an economically just and fair nation. Today, systematic inequality persists in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, and massive wealth and opportunity gaps.

Using innovative methods that link monetary values to historical wrongs, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen assess the literal and figurative costs of justice denied in the 155 years since the end of the Civil War and offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program, including a substantial payment to each documented U.S. Black descendant of slavery. 

African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary

African-American architects have been designing and building houses and public buildings since 1865. Although many of these structures survive today, the architects themselves are virtually unknown. This unique reference work brings their lives and work to light for the first time. This reference is complemented by over 200 photographs and includes an appendix containing a list of buildings by geographic location and by architect.

Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology

This anthology of Black writers traces the evolution of African American perspectives throughout American history. The editors judiciously illustrate how both continuity and change affected the African American community in terms of its internal divisions, class structure, migration, social problems, leadership, and protest movements. They also show how gender, spirituality, literature, music, and connections to Africa and the Caribbean played a prominent role in Black life and history.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century Five-Volume Set

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Africa in Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage

Covering unisex fashion, menswear, womenswear, accessories and jewelry, the brands are each purposefully selected to contribute uniquely to the mosaic of Africa evolving creative landscape.

Black America: Historic Moments, Key Figures & Cultural Milestones from the African-American Story

From the story of the first enslaved Africans brought to the Colonies by the Spanish in 1526 through 500 years to the election of Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020, here is the history of Black America told through striking photographs and a compelling narrative that captures many of the key joys, struggles, and milestones.

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Encyclopedia of African American Business History

Black business activity has been sustained in America for almost four centuries. From the marketing and trading activities of African slaves in Colonial America to the rise of 20th-century Black Corporate America, African American participation in self-employed economic activities has been a persistent theme in the Black experience. Yet, unlike other topics in African American history, the study of Black business has been limited. This invaluable encyclopedia is the only reference source providing information on the broad range of topics that illuminate Black Business History.

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