Books of Knowledge

The Hidden Rules of Race

Authors Andra Flynn, Dorian Warren, Felicia Wong & Susan Holmberg
The Hidden Rules of Race shows how the fight for racial equity has been one of progress and retrenchment, a constant push and pull for inclusion over exclusion. By understanding how our economic and racial rules work together, we can write better rules to finally address inequality in America.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Author: Tony Horwitz
Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid …

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The Weeping Time: Story of a Slave Auction

Author Anne C. Bailey
In March of 1859, the largest sale of human beings in the history in the United States took place at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. During the two days of the sale, raindrops fell unceasingly on the racetrack. It was almost as though the heavens were crying.

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GDN has created one of the most empowering education initiatives detailing the 400-year Black experience in America. ‘GDN’s Books of Knowledge’ is a weekly go-to source where you can view videos and read reviews …

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We Were Eight Years in Power

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
In his book Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the cause and effect between the unprecedented election of Barack Obama as the first Black president, to the vicious backlash that fueled the election of Donald Trump, a man Coates calls America’s “first white president.”

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From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

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White Rage

Author Carol Anderson
From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

Author Isabel Wilkerson
In many ways The Warmth of Other Suns seeks to tell a new story—about the Great Migration of southern blacks to the north—and to set the record straight about the true significance of that migration. This book combines a sweeping historical perspective with vivid intimate portraits.

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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Arthur James W. Loewen
In this groundbreaking work, bestselling sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the national bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America.

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The Blood of Emmett Till

Author Timothy B. Tyson
In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Author Richard Rothstein
The laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. There is no better history of this troubled journey than “The Color of Law.”

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Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

Author Cate Lineberry
It was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a twenty-three-year-old enslaved man named Robert Smalls boldly seized a Confederate steamer.

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A Colony in a Nation

Author Chris Hayes
America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president.

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