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Stony the Road

Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

By: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar... Read more

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They Were Her Property

White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

By: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy.

Bridging women's history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that... Read more

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Four Hundred Souls

A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

By: Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
Narrated by: Various
Length: 14 hours 1 minute

“An absolutely stunning history of African America for people who do not normally read history. Compiled of short stories, essays, and poems, it is perfect for someone who is intimidated by lists of names and dates. Each individual voice stands on its own but together they truly make a 'choir' that flows together beautifully. This is a... Read more

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

By: Ernest J. Gaines
Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman has sold over a million copies nationwide since its publication in 1971, making the fictional character of Miss Jane so real many people don't know she exists only in the imagination of Louisiana-born author Ernest J. Gaines. Miss Jane is 100 years old when she is interviewed by an area high school teacher... Read more

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By: Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

“From plantation to Angola Prison. From Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA to the African Burial Ground in New York City. From Île de Gorée to Whitney Plantation. From the Emancipation Proclamation to Juneteenth. Clint Smith takes us on an unforgettable journey through the history of slavery in the United States, revealing many truths we’ve... Read more

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Homegoing

A novel

By: Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 13 hours 10 minutes

“Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by fiery tragedy: one is married off to an English slave trader, and the other is sold to be a slave in America. The story follows their descendants generation by generation. Homegoing will break your heart over and over, impress you with... Read more

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The Other Madisons

The Lost History of a President's Black Family

By: Bettye Kearse
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cookand, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her familystory and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences oftelling the whole truth.For thousands of years, West African griots (men) and griottes (women) haverecited the stories of... Read more

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The Souls of Black Folk

By: W. E. B. Du Bois
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line," writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature.First published in 1903, this collection of fifteen essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois' writing draws on his early... Read more

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On Juneteenth

By: Annette Gordon-Reed
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the nation’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas
and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction... Read more

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