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August WilsonAugust WilsonThis collection features Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, voted Best Play of 1984-85 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Fences, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, voted Best Play of 1987-88 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
Classic Plays from the Negro Ensemble CompanyPaul Carter HarrisonThis anthology celebrates more than twenty-five years of the Negro Ensemble Company's significant contribution to American theater by collecting the ten plays most representative of the Company's eclectic nature.
Conversations with Maida SpringerYevette RichardsIn this brilliantly edited collection of personal interviews, Maida Springer, one of the twentieth-century’s most fascinating international labor leaders and powerful African-American women, tells her story in her own words.

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Language, Rhythm, and SoundJoseph AdjayeFocuses on expressions of popular culture among blacks in Africa, the United States, and the Carribean. Fifteen essays cover a world of topics, from American girls’ Double Dutch games to protest discourse in Ghana; from the history of Rasta to the evolving significance of kente cloth from rap video music to hip-hop to zouk.

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Maida SpringerYevette RichardsThe first full-length biography to document and analyze the central role played by Maida Springer in international affairs, Maida Springer explores how Springer’s experiences inspired her to become involved in the formation of AFL-CIO’s African policy during the Cold War and African independence movements. It also discusses the overall political and social situation during this time period.

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MOVE Crisis in PhiladelphiaHizkias AssefaExamines the 1985 confrontation between police and members of the black counterculture group MOVE, which ended in the destruction of sixty-one homes and the death of eleven residents—five of them children. Sheds light on relevant issues such as negotiating with "irrational" adversaries and problems of perception and misperception when different cultures clash.
Race and RenaissanceJoe Trotter Race and Renaissance presents the first history of African American life in Pittsburgh after World War II. It examines the origins and significance of the second Great Migration, the persistence of Jim Crow into the postwar years, the second ghetto, the contemporary urban crisis, the civil rights and Black Power movements, and the Million Man and Million Woman marches, among other topics.

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WPA History of the Negro in PittsburghLaurence GlascoThe first publication of a reclaimed WPA project studying Pittsburgh’s black population. The book features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions, from colonial times through the 1930s.

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