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African American History: Books

Ballet Sensation Misty Copland


Acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland is the first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre.

Finding Books in the Library Collection

To find books in the Phillips Library about History, you could look at the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. Once you know what the correct address is, you will be able to browse the shelves there to find more books that interest you.

African American History falls into the scheme at: 

E184-185.98  Elements in the population

E184.5-185.98  Afro-Americans

E185.2-185.89  Status and development since emancipation

E185.96-185.98  Biography. Genealogy

African American literature is classified under the individual author, including books by or about him.

General Interest Titles

African American Literature


I Am Not Your Negro

This is a movie made in 2016 that gained rave reviews for James Baldwin's observations of race relations in the US.  Read the PBS review:

'I Am Not Your Negro' Gives James Baldwin's Words New Relevance


Books to Order from Interlibrary Loan

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