Multcolib Books 2 U Picks: African American Experience for Teachers

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave By Douglass, Frederick Book - 1986 B-D737n 1986 Available in some locations

Annotation:I have used it with high school students. For capturing the essence of slavery, there is none better.

Reminiscences of Levi Coffin
Reminiscences of Levi Coffin By Coffin, Levi Book - 1968 326 C65r Available in some locations

Annotation:An unabashed abolitionist, a Quaker, and a White man, Coffin simply refused to pander to the leading thought of his time. He was adamant in his stance and determined not to be cowed in any way. Not many people know his name, but we ought to.

Bridges Out of Poverty
Bridges Out of Poverty Strategies for Professionals and Communities By Payne, Ruby K. Book - 2006 305.569 P346b 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:A look at class across the racial spectrum. Bridges suggests that different parenting and social practices impact educational and career attainment.

Unequal Childhoods
Unequal Childhoods Class, Race, and Family Life By Lareau, Annette Book - 2003 305.23 L321u 2003 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: Lareau examines the impact of class across race on the quality of education a child can receive. Research students actually "moved in" with the families in the study in order to collect data.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X By X, Malcolm Book - 1992 B-X12a 1992 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Like Tim Wise's book, White Like Me, The Autobiography of Malcolm explains how he came to be -- it's the creation of Malcolm X. Everyone should read it at least once.

White Like Me
White Like Me Reflections on Race From A Privileged Son By Wise, Tim J. Book - 2008 305.800973 W813w 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 32 on 3 copies

Annotation:Mr. Wise spoke at the annual Multnomah County diversity conference a few years back. After listening to him I said to a colleague, "I've never heard any other White man talk like that." "Me either," said she. In content, presentation and manner Tim Wise is quite unlike other White male anti-racist educators that I have heard.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing By Leary, Joy DeGruy Book - 2005 305.896073 L4387p 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 3 copies

Annotation: Dr. DeGruy elucidates on her theory that maladaptive practices born out of slavery persist into modern times. A healing look at ways to decolonize the mind. Local author.

Inheriting the Trade
Inheriting the Trade A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-trading Dynasty in U.S. History By DeWolf, Thomas Norman Book - 2008 306.362 D524i 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Thomas Norman DeWolf was one of over 200 DeWolfs invited to participate in a "family trip" to revisit the triangle trade his ancestors made to acquire and exchange slaves for the rum. He did not say, "no," and the trip forever changed his life. Local author.

A Peculiar Paradise
A Peculiar Paradise A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788-1940 By McLagan, Elizabeth Book - 1980 979.5004 M161p In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:An Oregon Classic. Chronicles the experiences of African American people in Oregon from the 18th century to contemporary times. Local author.

Perseverance A History of African Americans in Oregon's Marion and Polk Counties Book - 2011 979.5300496 P466 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:An admittedly unfinished look at life for extreme minorities in Oregon's sparsely populated counties. Beautifully preserved and restored photos.

Traces of the Trade
Traces of the Trade A Story From the Deep North DVD - 2008 DVD 303.362 TRACES Available in some locations

Annotation:This film is not available on Netflix. A courageous woman examines the implications of her family's slave holding past. This film debunks the myth that the North was not profoundly and intricately involved in slavery.

A Class Divided
A Class Divided DVD - 2003 DVD 379.26 CLASS

Annotation:A seminal work of anti-racist education. Jane Elliott, a teacher, in Riceville, Iowa, conducts a bold sociological experiment in order to demonstrate for her all-White 1968 third-grade class the dangers of prejudice. A powerful bit of pedagogy -- instrumental in my understanding of race, education, and the purpose of education.

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First developed to fill requests from teachers, this short list of texts offers an overview of the African-American experience, from history to culture to recent events. Includes local authors, writings about Oregon, and historical and modern perspectives. The items in this list are arranged in pairs for complementary reading, but each book is a great standalone, too: Unequal Childhoods & Bridges Out of Poverty; Reminiscences of Levi Coffin & Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, etc.