African-American Family History Texts Bibliography

Query From Renee Romano 10 March 1997

Next fall, I am teaching an upper-level undergraduate research seminar on African-American family history. The class will be cross listed with history, African-American Studies and Women's Studies. I am looking for suggestions on good books and articles the students can read for the class; these do not necessarily have to be historical works--I am particularly interested in suggestions from fields like sociology, anthropology, etc.

Some titles that seem obvious are Gutman's _The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom_; Carol Stuck's _All Our Kin_. Other books I'm thinking of using are Linda Gordon's _Pitied But Not Entitled_; Leon Dash's _Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America_; Brenda Stephenson's _Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South_; Nicholas Lehman's _The Promised Land_; and perhaps Rickie Solinger's _Wake Up Little Susie_.

I was wondering if folks on the list might have other suggestions/ideas.Thanks in advance for your help!


Anderson, Karen "African American Families" in Joseph Hawes and Elizabeth Nybakken,eds. _American Families_; also Anderson's _Changing Woman: A History of Racial Ethnic Women in Modern America_

Billingsley, A. _Climbing Jacob's Ladder_

Brent, Linda _Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl_

Brown, Elaine _A Taste of Power_

Carey, Lorene _Black Ice_

Comer, James P., M.D. _Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family_(NY, Plume, 1989)

Curry, Leonard P. _The Free Black in Urban America, 1800-1850: The Shadow of the Dream_(U Chicago Press, 1981)

Fields, Mamie Garvin(with Karen Fields) _Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (1983)

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks _Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920_

Hine, Darlene Clark, Wilma King and Linda Reed, eds. _We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women's History_

Hine, Darlene Clark , ed. _Black Women in American History_(15 vol. encyclopedia)

Hunter-Gault, Charlayne _In My Place_

Ione, Carole _Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color_(1991)

Jones, Jacqueline _Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow_

Lemke-Santangelo, Gretchen _Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women in the East Bay Community_(Chapel Hill, U of North Carolina Press, 1996)

Leslie, Kent Anderson _Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege_

Lourde, Audre _Zami_

Mills, Kay _The Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer_(1993)

Morrison, Toni _Beloved_

Morton, Patricia _Disfigured Images: The Historical Assault on Afro-American Women_(1991) Esp. Chapter 9

Murray, Pauli _Proud Shoes_

Powers, Dr. Bernard _Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885_

Quadragno, Jill _The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty_(1994)

Rainwater, _The Moynihan Report and the Politics of Controversy_

Shaw, Stephanie _What A Woman Ought to Be and to Do_

Staples, Brent _Parallel Time_

White, Deborah Gray _Aren't I a Woman?_

Williams, _Life on the Color Line_

Other recommendations:

Daughters of the Dust (film by Julie Dash) To Sleep With Anger (film, early 1990s)

Lorraine Hansberry's play _Raisin in the Sun_ August Wilson's plays...e.g. _Fences_; _Joe Turner's Come and Gone_

Web sites: H-Women

Freedmen's Bureau records:
WPA interviews, 1930s     http://

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