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Best Black History Books Worth Your Attention

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.

1. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History (1998)

Best Black History Books Worth Your Attention1001 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. Here are all the people, terms, ideas, events, and social processes that make African American history such a fascinating and inspiring subject. 1001 Things Everyone Should…
Author(s): Jeffrey C. Stewart

2. The Bible Is Black History (2018)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionWe 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? Or, if the Bible is devoid of Black presence, and is merely a book by Europeans, about Europeans and for Europeans to the exclusion of other races and ethnicities?Dr. Theron D. Williams makes a significant contribution to this conversation by…
Author(s): Dr. Theron D. Williams

3. History of the Black Dollar (2017)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionAs 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. Rich has received many accolades including HBCU 30 under 30, Hampton 40 under 40, and listed as one of Google’s top Black Female Founders. Rich’s story and work has been featured on…
Author(s): Angel Rich , Brenda Sayles, et al.

4. Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500 (2013)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionPut 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. You will also be exposed to primary source documents–actual historical documents that are the foundation for the historical analysis you read in the chapter. These documents include letters, poems, and songs through history–documents…
Author(s): Jackson J. Spielvogel

5. 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) (1995)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionTeeming 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. Organized chronologically and meticulously researched, this book provides an educational look at the prominent role that these individuals played and how their varied talents, ideas and expertise contributed to American history. * Concise & Easy to Read Text *…
Author(s): Chrisanne Beckner

6. The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents (2007)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionPresenting 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 struggle. #686,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3773 in African American Demographic Studies (Books) #8015 in Historical Study (Books) #4001…
Author(s): Jeffrey B. Ferguson

7. US: A Narrative History Volume 1: To 1865 (2011)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionFor 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 instructor’s desired course outcomes, we learned that students want text programs with visual appeal and content designed according to the way they learn. Instructors desire greater student involvement in the course content without compromising on high quality content.From a known and trusted author team, U*S: A…
Author(s): James West Davidson, Brian DeLay , et al.

8. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies (2018)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionDick 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. and Medgar Evers, Gregory is an unrelenting, lifelong activist against social injustice, whether he was marching in Selma during the Civil Rights movement or organizing student demonstrations to protest the Vietnam War, participating in rallies for Native American and feminist rights or fighting apartheid in South Africa.Known as much for his comedic achievements—as an actor, author, and social critic—as for his activism,…
Author(s): Dick Gregory

9. Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 (2016)

Best Black History Books Worth Your Attention2016 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. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the late 1950s to 1961, the time of publication. “Before the Mayflower” grew out of a series of articles Bennett published in Ebony magazine regarding “the trials…
Author(s): Lerone Bennett

10. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective of the Past: From 1500 to the Present: 2 (2010)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionConnect 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. “Traditions & Encounters” also has a rich history of firsts: the first world history text to take a truly global perspective on the past; the first to emphasize connections among cultures; and, the first to combine twin themes with a seven-part framework, making the huge story of world history more…
Author(s): Jerry Bentley, Herbert Ziegler

11. Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World (Volume 1) (2017)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionBest 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. More than ever, parents and teachers need to create a positive atmosphere for our children in order to help them believe in themselves. That's why we've proudly created this richly illustrated and inspiring book,  , which highlights the achievements and stories of…
Author(s): L. A. Amber

12. Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (The George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies) (2016)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionNotice: 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.   In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began…
Author(s): Joshua Bloom

13. Black Pioneers of Science and Invention (1992)

Best Black History Books Worth Your AttentionA 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. #37,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Teen & Young Adult United States State & Local History #4 in Teen & Young Adult Science & Technology Biographies #52 in Science & Technology for Teens (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a…
Author(s): Louis Haber

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 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.

A Companion to the History of the Book, 2 Vol Set

Author(s): Simon Eliot, Jonathan Rose
Publisher: Wiley/Blackwell, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2398015

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, Second Edition

Author(s): William T. Cavanaugh, Peter Manley Scott
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2347581

The Syrian Social Nationalist Party: Its Ideology and History

Author(s): Salim Mujais
Publisher: Black House Limited, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2349448

A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Art

Author(s): Michelle Facos
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 39 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2350145

The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History

Author(s): Alys Eve Weinbaum
Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2363098

Medical Student Survival Skills: History Taking and Communication Skills

Author(s): Philip Jevon; Manoj Samaranayake; Steve Odogwu
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2403110

Introduction to Global Military History: 1775 to the Present Day

Author(s): Jeremy Black
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2412962

Stalin: The History and Critique of a Black Legend

Author(s): Domenico Losurdo, David Ferreira
Publisher: , Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2420259

Shakespeare’s Theatre: A History

Author(s): Richard Dutton
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2018, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2172415

A companion to modern art

Author(s): Meecham, Pam
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2018, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2178308

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.

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