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The Face of Our Past
Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present

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by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin
With an Introduction by Darlene Clark Hine

Indiana University Press

This comprehensive pictorial history tells the story of Black women in eight parts: Family Life, Work, Hair, Resistance, Class, Education, Religion and Community, and Inner Life. In addition to 302 carefully chosen images, the editors provide descriptive captions and quotations from letters, diaries, journals, and other sources.

"It is wonderful to view the pictures of these women. Their intelligence and kindness are evident in the photographs. I am inspired by their stories and their brave hearts."
Maya Angelou

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America's Children
Picturing Childhood from Early America to the Present

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by Hilary Mac Austin and Kathleen Thompson
with an forward by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

W.W. Norton

Illuminating a vital but all too often neglected part of our nation's past, America's Children is a comprehensive print documentary of children in the United States, the first visual history of its kind. Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin explore childhood over four centuries of American life, portraying the children of our past and present through images from museums and archives all over the country as well as from their own extensive collection.

"The poignant images of America's Children shatter our illusion that most children live protected lives of innocence. This photographic essay is an important contribution to the national dialogue about family life in America." —Chief Wilma Mankiller, author of Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

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Children of the Depression
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by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin
Indiana University Press

A new look at the Great Depression shows the children who lived through times of great hardship, fought in World War II, and shaped the world we live in today--the children who became the Greatest Generation. More than 150 photographs, most taken by the great FSA photographers, capture childhood innocence along with terrible exploitation.

"These photographs constitute a social history to break your heart."
Garry Wills

"A very important collection . . . that will expand the visual discourse in photographic history."
Deborah Willis-Kennedy

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A Shining Thread of Hope
The History of Black Women in America
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by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson
Broadway Books

A Shining Thread of Hope chronicles the lives of black women from indentured servitude in the early American colonies to the cruelty of antebellum plantations, from the reign of lynch law in the Jim Crow South to the triumphs of the Civil Rights era, and it illustrates how the story of black women in America is as much a tale of courage and hope as it is a history of struggle. On both an individual and a collective level, A Shining Thread of Hope reveals the strength and spirit of black women and brings their stories from the fringes of American history to a central position in our understanding of the forces and events that have shaped this country.

"From time to time, a work of history itself makes history. A Shining Thread of Hope is such a book, marking a giant step in the creation of a more encompassing portrait of our nation's past." Nell Irvin Painter, The News & Observer

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Black Women in America
3-Volume Set, Second Edition

Edited by Darlene Clark Hine, et. al.
Oxford University Press

A 2006 RUSA Outstanding Reference Source
A Booklist Editor's Choice/Best of 2005 Title
A 2005 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Winner of the Dartmouth Medal for Outstanding Reference Publication of 1994, the first edition of Black Women in America broke ground-pulling together for the first time all of the research in this vast but underrepresented field to provide one of the strongest building blocks of Black Women's Studies. Hailed by Eric Foner of Columbia University (for a Lingua Franca survey) as "one of those publishing events which changes the way we look at a field," it simultaneously filled a void in the literature and sparked new research and concepts regarding African-American women in history.

Since the first edition was published, a new generation of American black women has flourished, demanding this landmark reference be brought up to date. Women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Mosley-Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, and business. In three magnificent volumes, Black Women in America, second edition celebrates the remarkable achievements of black women throughout history, highlights their ongoing contributions in America today, and covers the new research the first edition helped to generate.

Girlhood in America
Edited by Miriam Forman-Brunell

This groundbreaking reference work presents more than 100 articles by 98 high-profile interdisciplinary scholars, covering all aspects of girls' roles in American society, past and present.

" ... a groundbreaking work ... Because the articles are always lucid, cogent, and informative, they will interest anyone curious about girls' studies."