13 Books Published by Hill and Wang on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Three-Fifths a Man: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón Three-Fifths a Man: A Graphic History of the African American Experience

by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
Hill and Wang (Jan 16, 2018)
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The essential primer on African American history, from the Middle Passage to Black Lives MatterIn Three-Fifths a Man, the award-winning and bestselling team of Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón highlights the key events in African American history, taking us from the sixteenth-century Atlantic slave trade to the election of Barack Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement. Through richly drawn four-color illustrations and concise, accessible chapters, Jacobson and Colón convey a history of hardship and hope?a painful and necessary process, full of victories and setbacks, from the Amistad mutiny and the Three-Fifths Compromise to Brown v. Board of Education and the Scottsboro Boys. We see the first African slaves arriving in Jamestown in 1619, watch as the “peculiar institution” undermines our founding ideals, witness the triumph of the Union in the Civil War followed by the collapse of Reconstruction in the South, and observe the hard-won progress of the civil rights movement from the early twentieth century to its contemporary iterations. Jacobson and Colón also explore the pivotal moments in American history with attention to the major contributions of African Americans, reshaping our understanding of the American Revolution, the New Deal, and more. And a series of profiles of prominent African Americans provides key information about these leaders, who exposed injustice, championed freedom, and pushed for change. With vivid illustrations and lucid prose, Three-Fifths a Man brings history to life as only the graphic form can.


Click for more detail about Children Of Fire: A History Of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt Children Of Fire: A History Of African Americans

by Thomas C. Holt
Hill and Wang (Oct 12, 2010)
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Ordinary people don’t experience history as it is taught by historians. They live across the convenient chronological divides we impose on the past. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? In Children of Fire, renowned historian Thomas C. Holt challenges this form to tell the story of generations of African Americans through the lived experience of the subjects themselves, with all of the nuances, ironies, contradictions, and complexities one might expect. Building on seminal books like John Hope Franklin’s From Slavery to Freedom and many others, Holt captures the entire African American experience from the moment the first twenty African slaves were sold  at Jamestown in 1619. Each chapter focuses on a generation of individuals who shaped the course of American history, hoping for a better life for their children but often confronting the ebb and flow of their civil rights and status within society. Many familiar faces grace these pages—Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama—but also some overlooked ones. Figures like Anthony Johnson, a slave who bought his freedom in late seventeenth century Virginia and built a sizable plantation, only to have it stolen away from his children by an increasingly racist court system. Or Frank Moore, a WWI veteran and sharecropper who sued his landlord for unfair practices, but found himself charged with murder after fighting off an angry white posse. Taken together, their stories tell how African Americans fashioned a culture and identity amid the turmoil of four centuries of American history.


Click for more detail about American Negro Poetry: An Anthology (American Century) by Arna Bontemps American Negro Poetry: An Anthology (American Century)

by Arna Bontemps
Hill and Wang (Dec 31, 1995)
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With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Bob Kaufman, among others.This edition, issued in 1996, reprints the poems in Bontemps’s revised volume along with updated biographical notes. Nearly seventy poets are represented, their works indexed by both author and title.


Click for more detail about The Return of Simple by Langston Hughes The Return of Simple

by Langston Hughes
Hill and Wang (Aug 31, 1995)
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Jesse B. Simple, Simple to his fans, made weekly appearances beginning in 1943 in Langston Hughes’ column in the Chicago Defender. Simple may have shared his readers feelings of loss and dispossession, but he also cheered them on with his wonderful wit and passion for life.


Click for more detail about David Walker’s Appeal by David Walker David Walker’s Appeal

by David Walker
Hill and Wang (Apr 30, 1995)
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David Walker’s Appeal is a landmark work of American history and letters, the most radical piece of writing by an African American in the nineteenth century. Startling in its intensity, unrelenting in its attacks on slavery and white racism, it alarmed Southern slaveholders, inspired Northern abolitionists, and hastened the sectional conflicts that led to the Civil War. In this new edition of the Appeal, the distinguished historian Sean Wilentz draws on a generation of innovative research to throw fresh light on Walker’s life and ideas—and their enduring importance.


Click for more detail about I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey by Langston Hughes I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

by Langston Hughes
Hill and Wang (Aug 01, 1993)
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In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.


Click for more detail about The Big Sea: An Autobiography by Langston Hughes The Big Sea: An Autobiography

by Langston Hughes
Hill and Wang (Aug 01, 1993)
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Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, went to Cleveland, Ohio, lived for a number of years in Chicago, and long resided in New York City’s Harlem. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Litt. D. in 1943. He was perhaps best known as a poet and the creator of Simple, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays (several of them Broadway hits), and children’s books, and he edited several anthologies. Mr. Hughes died in 1967.

Arnold Rampersad, author of the widely acclaimed biography The Life of Langston Hughes, is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and director of American Studies at Princeton University.


Click for more detail about Black American Short Stories (American Century Series) by John Henrik Clarke Black American Short Stories (American Century Series)

by John Henrik Clarke
Hill and Wang (Jan 01, 1993)
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The success of John Henrik Clarke’s American Negro Short Stories, first published in 1966, affirmed the vitality and importance of black fiction. Now this expanded edition of that best-selling book, with a new title, offers the reader thirty-one stories included in the original?from Charles W. Chesnutt and Paul Laurence Dunbar in the late nineteenth century to the rich and productive work of the Harlem Renaissance: writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright; the World War II accomplishments of Chester Himes, Frank Yerby, and many others; and the later fiction of James Baldwin, Paule Marshall, and LeRoi Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka). Seven additional contributions round out a century of great stories with the work of Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Eugenia Collier, Jennifer Jordan, James Allan McPherson, Rosemarie Robotham, and Alice Walker. Dr. Clarke has included a new introduction to this 1993 edition, and a short biography of each contributor.


Click for more detail about The Best of Simple by Langston Hughes The Best of Simple

by Langston Hughes
Hill and Wang (Sep 28, 1990)
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Langston Hughes’s stories about Jesse B. Semple—first composed for a weekly column in the Chicago Defender and then collected in Simple Speaks His Mind, Simple Takes a Wife, and Simple Stakes a Claim—have been read and loved by hundreds of thousands of readers. In The Best of Simple, the author picked his favorites from these earlier volumes, stories that not only have proved popular but are now part of a great and growing literary tradition.Simple might be considered an Everyman for black Americans. Hughes himself wrote: "…these tales are about a great many people—although they are stories about no specific persons as such. But it is impossible to live in Harlem and not know at least a hundred Simples, fifty Joyces, twenty-five Zaritas, and several Cousin Minnies—or reasonable facsimiles thereof."As Arnold Rampersad has written, Simple is "one of the most memorable and winning characters in the annals of American literature, justly regarded as one of Hughes’s most inspired creations."Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, went to Cleveland, Ohio, lived for a number of years in Chicago, and long resided in New York City’s Harlem. He graduated form Lincoln University in 1929 and was awarded an honorary Litt. D. in 1943. He was perhaps best known as a poet and the creator of Simple, but he also wrote novels, biography, history, plays (several of them Broadway hits), and children’s books, and he edited several anthologies. Mr. Hughes died in 1967.


Click for more detail about Madmen And Specialists (Spotlight Dramabook) by Wole Soyinka Madmen And Specialists (Spotlight Dramabook)

by Wole Soyinka
Hill and Wang (Sep 01, 1987)
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Madmen and Specialists is one of Soyinka’s most excoriating portrayals of abusers and abused in the new Nigeria ushered in by Biafra. Set in the "surgery" of a doctor, the play is populated by mendicants and the "insane," all fodder for "experimentation" by a shape-shifting doctor whose experiments may be more sinister than they at first appear. "Soyinka’s Nobel Prize for Literature is a triumphant affirmation of the universality of this novelist, poet, filmmaker, and political activist."-Guardian


Click for more detail about A Soldier’s Play (Dramabook) by Charles Fuller A Soldier’s Play (Dramabook)

by Charles Fuller
Hill and Wang (Sep 01, 1982)
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A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller’s forceful drama—which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version—tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier’s Play is more than a detective story: it is a tough, incisive exploration of racial tensions and ambiguities among blacks and between blacks and whites that gives no easy answers and assigns no simple blame.


Click for more detail about Afrodisia;: New poems by Ted Joans Afrodisia;: New poems

by Ted Joans
Hill and Wang (Jan 01, 1970)
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Click for more detail about Black Pow-Wow: Jazz Poems (American Century) by Ted Joans Black Pow-Wow: Jazz Poems (American Century)

by Ted Joans
Hill and Wang (Jan 01, 1969)
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Black Pow-Wow (American Century)




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