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'Conjure Women' Brings Forth Racism and Reproductive Rights

It is Afia Atakora's reiteration of the current calls for racial justice that positions Conjure Women as an unadulterated masterpiece.

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'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom' Is as Monumental as the Man It Chronicles

Noted historian David W. Blight offers readers the fullest portrait of Frederick Douglass yet in this "biography of a voice".

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Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' Casts a Spotlight on America's Sordid, Still Festering History

Through Oluale Kossola's telling of his story as the "last" slave in America, Hurston captures the voice of the suppressed while foisting a mirror up to modernity.

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Of Bodies and Souls: Representing the Historically Marginalized in 'The Spirit Photographer'

In Jon Michael Varese's latest, exposure and concealment interweave into an intricate tapestry of interconnected motivations and intentions.

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The Story of a Nation Built on Murder, Theft, and Cruelty

The specter of slavery draws unavoidable correlations to contemporary American society in Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.

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'Blood at the Root' and the Cultivation of Racial Hatred in America

The story of Georgia's all-white Forsyth County and how they made it that way.

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A History Unchallenged: 'Lincoln'

Despite its considerable credentials, Lincoln avoids succumbing to the requisite Spielberg traps—save for a key few. What's interesting, and a little bit disturbing, is how procedurally it treats a sensitive topic like the passage of the 13th Amendment.

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That Great Intriguing Mulatto: 'Brazil: An Inconvenient History'

Yes, Brazil has lovely beaches, an incomparably rich musical heritage, and an attractive populace. It also has a particularly shameful past as the foundation of the most extensive forced migration in human history.

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Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, by John Stauffer

Stauffer demonstrates in amusing and enlightening fashion the pivotal role fisticuffs and fighting had in helping Lincoln and Douglass define themselves and take control of their fates.

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