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Book Displays: 2.21 Black History Month

In Honor of Black History Month: Selections from the Lamar Soutter Library Collection eBooks


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Black Americans in Congress 1870-2007 by Committee on House Administration of the U.S. House of Representatives

Publication Date: 2008

Provides a comprehensive history of the more than 120 African Americans who have served in the United States Congress. Written for a general audience, this book contains a profile of each African-American Member, including notables such as Hiram Revels, Joseph Rainey, Oscar De Priest, Adam Clayton Powell, Shirley Chisholm, Gus Hawkins, and Barbara Jordan. Individual profiles are introduced by contextual essays that explain major events in congressional and U.S. history. Illustrated with many portraits, photographs, and charts.

Cover ArtThe Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

Publication Date: 1903

This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white supremacy advanced by Booker T. Washington, then the most influential black leader in America, would only serve to perpetuate black oppression. Publication of The Souls of Black Folk was a dramatic event that helped to polarize black leaders into two groups: the more conservative followers of Washington and the more radical supporters of aggressive protest. Its influence cannot be overstated. It is essential reading for everyone interested in African-American history and the struggle for civil rights in America.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding for African-American Women by United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Office on Women's Health, (Issuing body)

Publication Date: 2011

This booklet describes the benefits of breastfeeding and addresses common concerns related to breastfeeding in the African-American community. Program staff may use this guide to educate expecting African-American families about the benefits of breastfeeding.

This Guide is to support you and your family with breastfeeding so you can succeed in every stage. It will help you learn that breastfeeding is a very special way to give your baby the best start at life. We know that our children are our future, and breast milk can give them a head start in their lives. Yet, we sometimes find it hard to get the breastfeeding help we need, and we might feel discouraged. This Guide can help you breastfeed despite every day challenges.

In Honor of Black History Month 2021: Selections from the Lamar Soutter Library Collection Print Books

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Against all odds : the legacy of students of African descent at Harvard Medical School before affirmative action, 1850-1968. by Nora Nouritza Nercessian

Call Number: WZ 150 N443 2004

Publication Date: 2004

Covering a period in America that spans more than 150 years, Against All Odds fills a void in the history of Black physicians, Harvard Medical School, medicine, and our society. The author brings to life true accounts of Black men and women in medicine, their struggles, their determination, and theit triumphs. These frank stories challenge insights that can inform current struggles around achieving diversity in the health professions and eliminating institutional racism.

Educating Black Doctors by James Summerville 

Call Number: W19 S955e 1983

ISBN: 9780817301439

Publication Date: 1984-10-30

"[This is] a solid book, often inspiring, and one which widens our understanding of many areas, including medicine, foundations, Southern blacks, and federal-state relations." -"Journal of the History of Medicine"

Medicine and Slavery Cover ArtMedicine and Slavery by Todd L. Savitt 

Call Number: WZ 80.5.B5 S267m 1978

ISBN: 9780252006531

Publication Date: 1978-12-01

Widely regarded as the most comprehensive study of its kind, this volume offers valuable insight into the alleged medical differences between whites and blacks that translated as racial inferiority and were used to justify slavery and discrimination. In Medicine and Slavery, Todd L. Savitt evaluates the diet, hygiene, clothing, and living and working conditions of antebellum African Americans, slave and free, and analyzes the diseases and health conditions that afflicted them in urban areas, at industrial sites, and on plantations.

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Sex, Race, and Science by Edward J. Larson 

Call Number: HQ755.5.U5 L334s 1995

ISBN: 9780801849381

Publication Date: 1979-03-19

In the first book to explore the theory and practice of eugenics in the American South, Edward J. Larson shows how the quest for "strong bloodlines" expressed itself in state laws and public policies from the Progressive Era through World War II. Larson shows how the seemingly broad-based eugenics movement was in fact a series of distinct campaigns by small groups of determined individuals for legislation at the state level.