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A continent for the taking : the tragedy and hope of Africa book A continent for the taking : the tragedy and hope of Africa

French, Howard W.
967.032 FRENCH

To put it mildly, colonialism has not been kind to Africa. From rubber and diamonds to oil and coltan, it is a continent of fabulous natural resources that continues to be the focus of greed and exploitation. Part journalistic voyage, part memoir, this is an exploration of colonialism’s ongoing legacy.



King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa book King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa

Hochschild, Adam.
967.5102 HOCHSCH

History echoes across time, and nowhere is this clearer than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. The brutality of Belgium’s colonial occupation of the Congo is a surprisingly unknown and ugly historical interlude and resulted in the first ever human rights campaign.



Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice Juvenile Book Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
J BIO COLVIN HOOSE

Months before the landmark 1955 Montgomery bus boycott began, one fifteen-year-old girl refused to give up her seat and became a key part of the legal battle to overturn segregation.



Town of evening calm ; Country of cherry blossoms book Town of evening calm ; Country of cherry blossoms

Kono, Fumiyo, 1968-
FIC KONO

A poignant and delicate look at the lingering effects during the weeks, years, and decades after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.



Salt : a world history book Salt : a world history

Kurlansky, Mark.
333.8563 KURLANS

War. Empire. Revolution. Currency. Table salt? Explore the history of the world through this surprisingly complex condiment that has enabled exploration, caused wars, and driven empires.



March. Book one book March. Book one

Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
328.7309 LEWIS

This remarkable graphic memoir charts John Lewis’s progress from a young man preaching to his chickens to joining the nonviolent Civil Rights movement to his seat in the United States Congress.



Malcolm X : a life of reinvention book Malcolm X : a life of reinvention

Marable, Manning, 1950-2011.
BIO X MARABLE

A nuanced and thoughtful examination of a complex man who was both a powerful advocate for social change in America and a controversial public figure shrouded in competing myths.



The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo book The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo

Reiss, Tom.
BIO DUMAS REISS

Everyone knows The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, but few realize the inspiration for these action-packed tales was Dumas’s own real-life hero: his father, a mixed-race soldier who rose to become a general in Napoleon’s army.



The notorious Benedict Arnold : a true story of adventure, heroism, & treachery Juvenile Book The notorious Benedict Arnold : a true story of adventure, heroism, & treachery

Sheinkin, Steve.
J BIO ARNOLD SHEINKI

This action-packed story reveals how a Revolutionary War hero became the most famous traitor in American history.



Well-behaved women seldom make history book Well-behaved women seldom make history

Ulrich, Laurel.
305.4209 ULRICH

The historian to whom this oft-quoted maxim is attributed provides intriguing examples of women’s contributions to history.



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