While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Black History books.
- 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History (1998)
- The Bible Is Black History (2018)
- History of the Black Dollar (2017)
- Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500 (2013)
- 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) (1995)
- The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents (2007)
- US: A Narrative History Volume 1: To 1865 (2011)
- Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies (2018)
- Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 (2016)
- Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective of the Past: From 1500 to the Present: 2 (2010)
- Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black World (Volume 1) (2017)
- Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (The George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies) (2016)
- Black Pioneers of Science and Invention (1992)
1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History (1998)
1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History is history at your fingertips, in a concise, accessible, easily-read format. 2018 National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Stewart, a professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, takes the reader on an all-encompassing journey through the entirety of African American history that is pithy, provocative, and encyclopedic in scope.
The Bible Is Black History (2018)
We live in an age when young Christians are asking tough questions that previous generations would dare to ask. This generation doesn’t hesitate to question the validity of the Scriptures, the efficacy of the church and even the historicity of Jesus. Young people are becoming increasingly curious as to what role, if any, did people of African descent play in biblical history?
History of the Black Dollar (2017)
As a Global Market Research Analyst for Prudential, Rich led the first African American Financial Experience Study. She founded The Wealth Factory, a company focused on designing financial literacy edtech games. Since its founding, the company has launched its first game CreditStacker, which was named ‘best in the country’ by The White House, Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase in 2016.
Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500 (2013)
Put the world today into context by learning about the past through this brief, best-selling Western Civilization text that has helped thousands of students succeed in the course. Jack Spielvogel’s engaging style of writing weaves the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive.
100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) (1995)
Teeming with interesting nuggets of fact and information, 100 African Americans Who Shaped American History includes such legendary men and women as Benjamin Banneker, Dred Scott, Mary Church Terrell, George Washington Carver and Bessie Smith. Also included are Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and many, many more.
The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents (2007)
Presenting signature works and lesser known pieces in a way that allows you to examine the issues its writers and artists faced, Harlem Renaissance creates a framework to analyze the movement’s contents and meaning, thinking about topics such as the implications of skin color and race and gender during this time, and the question of whether black artistic expression should be directed toward the black freedom str…
US: A Narrative History Volume 1: To 1865 (2011)
For your classes in American History, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest edition of , part of the acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with you and your students. After extensive market research to gain insight into students’ learning behavior and instructors desired course outcomes, we learned that students want text programs with visual appeal and content designed according to the way they learn.
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies (2018)
Dick Gregory has been an unsparing and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years: a friend of such luminaries as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 (2016)
2016 Reprint of 1962 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Reprint of the first edition of this landmark title. The black experience in America—starting from its origins in western Africa up to 1961—is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure.
Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective of the Past: From 1500 to the Present: 2 (2010)
Connect students to the stories of history. Connect students to the experience of history. tools including surveys, focus groups, and ethnographic studies, we’ve identified areas in need of improvement to provide an opportunity for greater learning and teaching experiences. The fifth edition of “Traditions & Encounters” is a result of this.
Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black World (Volume 1) (2017)
Best Seller in African American Children's Books celebrates the achievements of the amazing black heroes who have paved the way for future generations.Unfortunately, in today's world, it can be a challenge to raise positive kids, as they are constantly bombarded with negative messages.
Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (The George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies) (2016)
Notice: The California Department of Corrections has designated this book dangerous contraband. All CA prisoners are prohibited from purchasing or reading this book. This timely special edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, features a new preface by the authors that places the Party in a contemporary political landscape, especially as it relates to Black Lives Matter and other struggles to fight police brutality against black communities.
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention (1992)
A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. The achievements of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, altered the course of history.
Best Black History Books Worth Your Attention
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some black history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
Black Everyday Lives, Material Culture and Narrative: Tings in de House
Author(s): Shawn-Naphtali Sobers
ID: 3629693, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 23 Mb, Format: pdf
Black Earth, White Bread: A Technopolitical History of Russian Agriculture and Food
Author(s): Susanne A. Wengle
ID: 3203797, Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 2022, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf
Plagues and Pandemics: Black Death, Coronaviruses and Other Killer Diseases Throughout History
Author(s): Douglas Boyd
ID: 3205841, Publisher: Pen and Sword History, Year: 2022, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.