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A little more freedom: African Americans enter the urban Midwest, 1860-1930

Jack S. Blocker

A Little More FreedomWhy did African Americans move from the rural South to the metropolitan North? Scholars have shown that African Americans took part in the urbanization of American society between the Civil War and the Great Depression, but the racial dimensions of their migration have remained unclear. A Little More Freedom is the first study to trace African American locational choices during the crucial period when migrants created pathways that would shape mobility through the twentieth century and beyond.
cloth 352 pp / 2008 / 9780814210673 / $24.95
Order No. 2870

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard

Rev. C. Nickerson Bolden

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard by Rev. C. Nickerson Bolden

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard is the story of how a community functioned, prospered, declined and revitalized. It is a story with great implications. On the one hand, this story is a localized history of a subculture. On the other hand, to understand the Indiana Avenue story is to understand how similar historical communities like Harlem in New York, Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Beale Street in Memphis functioned and developed. All these communities, like many more, had similar traits and parallel histories. These communities became known nationally as stops on a Chitterlings Circuit, a network of entertainment venues made famous due to Jim Crow and separatist laws.

paper 99 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-4389-2826-5 / $14.99
Order No. 969

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Linda Brent

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent

Published in 1861, this was one of the first personal narratives by a slave and one of the few written by a woman. Jacobs (1813-97) was a slave in North Carolina and suffered terribly, along with her family, at the hands of a ruthless owner. She made several failed attempts to escape before successfully making her way North, though it took years of hiding and slow progress. Eventually, she was reunited with her children. For all biography and history collections.

paper 210 pp. / 1973 / ISBN 0-15-644350-3 / $10.00
Order No. 981

A Slave No More

David W. Blight

A Slave No More by David W. Blight

Slave narratives are extremely rare; very few are first-person accounts by slaves who freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group. Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia.  They never met. But both saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped north, and both left remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. This book is more than their narratives: working from painstakingly acquired records and sources for the lives of heretofore unknown former slaves, the historian David W. Blight has discovered and reconstructed their lives--from slave childhood to black working-class stability in the North.

paper 315 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-15-603451-7 / $14.95
Order No. 984

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

Martha Ackmann

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League by Martha Ackmann

From the time she was a girl growing up in the shadow of Lexington Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Toni Stone knew she wanted to play professional baseball. There was only one problem--every card was stacked against her. Curveball tells the inspiring story of baseball’s "female Jackie Robinson," a woman whose ambition, courage, and raw talent propelled her from ragtag teams barnstorming across the Dakotas to playing in front of large crowds at Yankee Stadium.

cloth 274 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-55652-796-8 / $24.95
Order No. 964

Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to be the World's Fastest Human Being

Todd Balf

MajorMajor is the gripping story of a superstar nobody saw coming--a classic underdog, aided by an unlikely crew:  a disgraced fight promoter, a broken ex-racer, and a poor upstate girl from New York who wanted to be a queen. It is also the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century.  Most of all, it is the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity-- a man who transcended the handicaps of race at the turn of the century to reach the stratosphere of fame.

cloth 306 pp. 2008/ISBN 978-0-307-23658-6/$24.00
Order No. 2684

 

Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America

 

Fergus M. Bordewich

Bound for Canaan

Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

cloth 560 pp. 2005/ISBN 0-06-052430-8/$27.95
Order No. 2532

 

The Role of Free Blacks in Indiana's Underground Railroad

Maxine F. Brown

The case of Floyd, Harrison, and Washington Counties.

paper 23 pp. $5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6095

 

"Bury Me in a Free Land": The Abolitionist Movement in Indiana, 1816-1865

Gwendolyn J. Crenshaw

Catalog written for a 1986 exhibit includes documents and articles covering colonization, underground railroad, etc.

paper 69 pp. reprint 1993 (1986)/ISBN 1-885323-48-4/$6.25
Order No. 4007

 

Southeastern Indiana's Underground Railroad Routes and Operations

Diane Perrine Coon

Details Underground Railroad activity with photographs, maps, and reminiscences in the counties of Southeastern Indiana.

paper 325 pp. 2001/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6096

Slavery and the founders: race and liberty in the age of Jefferson

Paul Finkelman

Slavery and the FoundersIn this significant revision of his acclaimed work, Paul Finkelman places the problem of slavery in the context of early American politics and the making of the Constitution. He argues that slavery was a bone of contention from the first days of the Constitutional Convention to the last, and demonstrates persuasively that the debate on slavery in national politics and the problem of fugitive slaves predated the antebellum period. Finkelman looks unblinkingly at the ways that the founders failed to resolve the fundamental contradiction between the notion that "All men are created equal" and their own personal and political involvement in slavery. In particular, Finkelman examines the case of Thomas Jefferson: how his personal beliefs made it impossible for him to come to terms with slavery. In a new chapter, Finkelman argues that the Federalists, long regarded as aristocrats, were actually a strong force for emancipation. Clear, concise, and at times controversial, Slavery and the Founders is a valuable contribution to the study of early America and the ways in which race has been at the very heart of a national dilemma from the beginning.

paper 308 pp / 2001 / 9780765604392 / $29.95
Order No. 2833

Slavery and the Law

Paul Finkelman

Slavery and the LawIn this book, prominent historians of slavery and legal scholars analyze the intricate relationship between slavery, race, and the law from the earliest Black Codes in colonial America to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision prior to the Civil War. Slavery & the Law's wide-ranging essays focus on comparative slave law, auctioneering practices, rules of evidence, and property rights, as well as issues of criminality, punishment, and constitutional law.

paper 475 pp / 1997, 2002 / 9780742521193 / $37.95
Order No. 2829

 

Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892

Frances Smith Foster

Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892

Insightful literary analysis and historical investigation of a wide range of literature by African-American women prior to the 20th-century.

paper 206 pp. 1993/ISBN 0-253-20786-X/$13.95
Order No. 2132

 

Gone But Not Forgotten

O. James Fox and Wilma L. Gibbs

Gone but not Forgotten

Featured are black-and-white photos and poems of O. James Fox. This book presents a dramatic look at the history of Indianapolis's black community.

paper 53 pp. 2000/ISBN 0-87195146-0/$10.95
Order No. 2281

 

 

 

For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit

Todd Gould

For Gold and Glory

The never-before-told story of "the Negro Speed King" and the African-American racing car circuit.

cloth 212 pp. 2002/ISBN 0-253-34133-7/ $27.95
Order No. 2382
paper/$19.95
Order No. 2660

 

Front Line of Freedom: African Americans and the Forging of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley

Keith P. Griffler

Front Line of Freedom

In turbulent antebellum America, the Ohio River was both a river of slavery and a river of freedom. The Ohio was a crucial conduit for the trade that linked farmers and merchants of the Northwest to the slave plantations of the South, and it also carried African American men, women, and children caught up in the slave trade downriver to Cotton Belt markets.

cloth 206 pp. 2004/ISBN 0-8131-2298-8/$35.00
Order No. 2453

 

Black Women in America
2 vol. set

Darlene Clark Hine, et al., ed.

Black Women in America

A gold mine of information on the leadership, courage, perseverance, and creativity of African-American women with over 450 images.

paper 764/808 pp. 1994/ISBN 0-253-32774-1/$49.95
Order No. 2036

 

The Black Women in the Middle West Project: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana

Darlene Clark Hine

The Black Women in the Middle West Project

This final report contains historical essays, oral histories, biographical sketches, and descriptions of document collections gathered by this project, which was headquartered at Purdue University.

paper 238 pp. 1986/ISBN 1-885323-47-6/$6.75
Order No. 4005

 

Africanisms in American Culture

Joseph E. Holloway, ed.

Africanisms in American Culture

New interpretations of the impact of African origins on North American history and culture presented in ten scholarly essays.

cloth 249 pp. 1991/ISBN 0-253-32839-X/$39.95
Order No. 2163
paper 249 pp. 1990/ISBN 0-253-20686-3/$14.95
Order No. 2326

 

Underground Railroad

Hurley C. Goodall

The invisible road to freedom through Indiana as recorded by the Works Progress Administration Writers Project.

paper 341 pp. 2001/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6094 

  

Walkin' the Wabash

Marlene K. Lu

An exploration into the Underground Railroad in west central Indiana.

paper 134 pp./$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6097

 

Concerning Underground Railroad Activity in Southwestern Indiana

Randy Mills, et. al

This report locates Underground Railroad sites in southwestern Indiana and provides information about the people involved and locations of activities.

paper 34 pp. 2001/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6092

 

North Webster: A Photographic History of a Black Community

Ann Morris and Henrietta Ambrose

North Webster

A black, upper middle-class suburb, begun at the end of the Civil War in St. Louis, provides a look at life through more than 140 period photographs from family albums and collections.

cloth 192 pp. 1993/ISBN 0-253-33895-6/$36.95
Order No. 2399

paper 192 pp. 1993/ISBN 0-253-28601-8/$24.95
Order No. 2105

 

 

The Underground Railroad and the Antislavery Movement in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana

Angela M. Quinn

"The antebellum story of African Americans in Fort Wayne is as grand and complex as the story of the city itself."

paper (275) pp. 2001/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6098

 

Underground Railroad Research in Select Indiana Counties

Jeannie Regan-Dinius et al.

Includes many images of documents and places and each chapter concludes with endnotes and a bibliography. The following are the essay titles:

"Federal Court Cases: Holdings at the National Archives, Chicago" by Jeannie Regan-Dinius
"Gateway to Freedom: New Albany-Floyd County, Indiana" by Pam Peters
"Grant County" by Students at Marion High School
"Huntington and Wabash Counties" by Jeannie Regan-Diniius
"Kankakee & St. Joseph river Valleys of Indiana" by Terry Goldsworthy

paper 122 pp. 2004/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6103

 

Five Plays by Langston Hughes

Webster Smalley, ed.

Five Plays by Langston Hughes

Harlem life, pictured as fresh today as it was when these plays were first written.

paper 258 pp. 1968/0-253-20121-7/$14.95
Order No. 2051

 

 

Interpretive Stories Associated with the Underground Railroad in the Indianapolis Area

Dona Stokes-Lucas et al.

Several churches and other sites were visited and their Underground Railroad activities researched.

paper 50 pp. 2001/$5.00 (no additional discount)
Order No. 6093

 

A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans

William E. Taylor and Harriet G. Warkel, eds.

A Shared Heritage

Work ranging from impressionism and social realism to cubism and abstract expressionism.

paper 195 pp. 1996/ISBN 0-9336260-629/$29.95
Order No. 2182

 

Sister of the Solid Rock: Edna Mae Barnes Martin and the East Side Christian Center

Wilma Rugh Taylor

Sister of the Solid Rock: Edna Mae Barnes Martin and the East Side Christian Center

cloth 198 pp. 2002/ISBN 0-87195-161-4/$24.95
Order No. 2373

 

The Negro in Indiana before 1900: A Study of a Minority

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana Historical Collections 37

 

Pioneering work traces the history of African Americans in a northern state from their first arrival as slaves of 18th-century French traders through the end of the 19th century.
Reissued by Indiana University Press.

cloth 412 pp. 1993/ISBN 0-253-35989-9/$31.95
Order No. 2102

 

Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century

Chronicles the growth, both in numbers and in power, of African Americans in a northern state that was notable for its antiblack tradition.

cloth 235 pp. 2000/ISBN 0-253-33799-2/$14.95
Order No. 2265

 

River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley

Joe William Trotter, Jr.

River Jordan

Cloth 200 pp. 1998/ISBN 0-8131-2065-9/$32.50
Order No. 2285
paper 200 pp. 1998/ISBN 0-8131-0950-7/$25.00
Order No. 2284

 

 

 

Songs of Freedom: Music from Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

Produced by Solid Light, Inc. for the Carnegie Center for Art History, Inc.

Songs of Freedom

"Songs of Freedom was created to complement the permanent exhibit Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad at the Carnegie Center for Art History in New Albany, Indiana."

"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (play)
"Steal Away" (play)
"Follow the Drinking Gourd" (play)
"Wade in the Water" (play)
"O, Canaan" (play)
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (play)
"Go Down Moses" (play)
"This Train is Bound for Glory" (play)
"Down by the River" (play)

compact disc $18.99
Order No. 2603

 

 

Issues of The Indiana Historian - African-Americans in Indiana

paper/ISSN 1071-3301/$1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies - no additional discount)

 

Indiana Emigrants to Liberia

 

Indiana Emigrants to Liberia

The movement in Indiana and the country around the time of the Civil War to settle black Americans in Africa.

16 pp. December 1999/Order No. 7049

 

Black Settlers in Indiana

Black Settlers in Indiana

Focuses on settlements of free blacks; emphasis on the Roberts Settlement in early Hamilton County in central Indiana.

12 pp. 1993/Order No. 7015

Indiana's 28th Regiment: Black Soldiers for the Union

Indiana's 28th Regiment: Black Soldiers for the Union

Regimental Chaplain Garland H. White's letters to the Christian Recorder about this only black regiment organized in Indiana provided eyewitness accounts of the service of the 28th.

16 pp. 1994/Order No. 7023

Indiana in the Spanish-American War

Indiana in the Spanish-American War

The home front experience, Indiana volunteers, and the dilemma of black citizens and soldiers.

16 pp. 1998/Order No. 7045

"We don't intend to fall in anymore at the end of the parade."

"We don't intend to fall in anymore at the end of the parade."

A history of blacks in Evansville from settlement to the 1940s.

16 pp. 1995/Order No. 7030