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Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

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From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans in the Washington, D.C. area sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression. Local picnic parks such as Eureka and Madre's were accessible by streetcars. Black-owned steamboats ferried passengers seeking sun and sand to places like Collingwood Beach, and African American families settled into quiet beach-side communities along the Western Shore of Maryland. Author and public historian Patsy M. Fletcher reveals the history behind Washington's forgotten era of African American leisure.Train-related excursions chapters including Storer College, Harpers Ferry and Island Park. Author: Patsy Mose Fletcher. Publisher: The History Press. Paperback, 177 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 0.4". Weighs 14.3 oz.
History of the American Negro

History of the American Negro

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History of the American Negro: West Virginia Edition is a collection of biographies of African American men and women at the beginning of the twentieth century. Edited and published by A. B. Caldwell, the History of the American Negro collection includes seven volumes that richly describe the lives of citizens in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. In a statement printed in the first volume of this series, Caldwell wrote that his intent in publishing this collection was neither "comprehensive nor exhaustive," yet he was determined to shed light on the "successful element unrecorded" of black Americans in the United States. As the 7th volume in Caldwell's collection, History of the American Negro: West Virginia Edition chronicles the struggles and triumphs of everyday African Americans in West Virginia during the post-World War I era. A resource for genealogists, historians, and citizens alike, this history provides a detailed account of the often overlooked lives of ordinary men and women. Publisher: West Virginia University Press. Hardcover, 318 pages. Measures 6" x 8.6" x 1". Weighs 1 lb 5.4 oz.
Images of America: African Americans of Jefferson County

Images of America: African Americans of Jefferson County

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Jefferson County can proudly claim a large number of firsts when it comes to African Americans in national history. The raid to free slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil War was led by abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. The first man wounded in the rebellion was Heyward Shepherd, a free African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County native Martin Robison Delany as the first African American field officer of the Civil War. In 1906, the Niagara Movement, forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), held its first meeting on American soil on the Storer College campus. The first woman to become the coach of a men’s college basketball team was also an African American from Jefferson County. Additionally, the Colored Horse Show held in Charles Town was the first of its kind for African Americans. Presented by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, Inc. Foreward by Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Publisher: Arcadia Publishing. Paperback, 127 pages. Measures 6.5" x 9.25"x0.2". Weighs 10.8 oz.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North. Written and published in 1861 after Jacobs' harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master, the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and hypocrisy of the master-slave relationship. Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave, her eventual escape after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years in self-imposed exile, hiding in a coffin-like garret attached to her grandmother's porch. A rare firsthand account of a courageous woman's determination and endurance, this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of family. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 167 pages. Measures 5" x 8" x 0.4". Weighs 4.6 oz. 
Bookmark J.R. Clifford
Bookmark J.R. Clifford

J.R. Clifford and the Niagara Movement Bookmark

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Bookmark featuring photos of J.R. Clifford, Mary Clifford, and information on J.R. Clifford's role in the Niagara Movement and his time at Harpers Ferry.Gloss cover. Measures 7" x 2.25".
John Brown

John Brown

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A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century. In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched forth his arm ... the clash of arms was at hand." DuBois's biography brings Brown stirringly to life and is a neglected classic. Publisher: Modern Library. Paperback, 266 pages. Measures 5.25" x 8" x 0.6". Weighs 9 oz.
Lincoln and Emancipation

Lincoln and Emancipation

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In this succinct study, Edna Greene Medford examines the ideas and events that shaped President Lincoln's responses to slavery, following the arc of his ideological development from the beginning of the Civil War, when he aimed to pursue a course of noninterference, to his championing of slavery's destruction before the conflict ended. Throughout, Medford juxtaposes the president's motivations for advocating freedom with the aspirations of African Americans themselves, restoring African Americans to the center of the story about the struggle for their own liberation. Author: Edna Greene Medford. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Hardcover with dust jacket, 141 pages. Measures 5.25" x 8.25" x 0.6". Weighs 10.6 oz. 
Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A. Saunders of Storer College

Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A. Saunders of Storer College

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A Storer alumnus, Professor Saunders was the longest serving black teacher at the school. A resident of Harpers Ferry for 54 years, he was a trusted spiritual leader and well-known figure throughout the thriving African American community then living beyond Storer’s campus. Author: Lynn Pechuekonis. Publisher: Harpers Ferry Park Association. Paperback, 143 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 0.25". Weighs 9.8 oz. 
My Larger Education

My Larger Education

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The primary voice of the African American community from 1890 to 1915, and the author of Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington was an educator and orator as well as a founder of the Alabama school that developed into Tuskegee University. Washington proposed that most African Americans would benefit from a practical trade rather than a liberal arts education -- a position opposed by other black leaders, including W. E. B. Dubois, and the source of a debate that lingers to this day. In this autobiographical work, Washington discusses how he arrived at his views on race relations, focusing on the importance of cooperation and teamwork and describing the experiences that led to the founding of Tuskegee. My Larger Education is essential reading for anyone wishing to learn more about Washington and his ideas as well as those seeking insights into the challenges faced by African Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 180 Pages. Measures 8"x5"x0.6" . Weighs 5.1 oz
Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

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This remarkable narrative, first published in 1850, offers a rare glimpse into the little-documented world of Northern slavery. Truth recounts her life as a slave in rural New York, her separation from her family, her religious conversion, and her life as a traveling preacher during the 1840s. She also describes her work as a social reformer, counselor of former slaves, and sponsor of a black migration to the West. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 74 pages. Measures 5" x 8" x 0.2". Weighs 2.2 oz.