February is Black History Month


What is Black History Month

It all began with “Negro History Week (which) was commemorated during the second week of February 1926 to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and to call attention to their history. The concept was most vigorously promoted by Carter G. Woodson, the initiator of the observance. This week was selected to coincide with the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. This week-long activity’s primary purpose, according to Woodson, was “to stage dramatizations and other exercises in order to demonstrate the role of the Negro in the past and secure for the race the same considerations in the curriculum that we give others.” During the peak years of the civil rights era and to the mid-1970s, an increasing demand was made by a wide cross-section of the African-American community to extend the celebration period. This led to expanding the observance to all four weeks of February, which then became Black History Month.” quote from Philips, Glenn O. “Negro History Week.” Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights . Westport: Greenwood Press, 1992, p.394-395.

The Black History Month exhibit is located on the 1st floor of the library.

Books

Booker T. Washington: the making of a Black leader, 1856-1901

by Louis R. Harlan (call number E185.97 .W4 H37)

“In searching for the dominant ethos of the secretive, sometimes contradictory Alabama educator who became a black power broker for the nation, one discerns pre-eminently a business man– down to the last henhouse joke he told at the fundraising dinner. Good segregated race relations was good business. Civil rights bills were less important than “throw[ing] our force to making a business man of the negro.” While other black leaders have idealistically cried, ” Let My People Go,” “Up Ye Mighty Race,” and “I Have a Dream,” Washington pragmatically counseled, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” Rather than denounce the outrages inflicted on his people, Washington characteristically took the dollars and cents approach. If Negroes were lynched in the winter, he said, people could not expect to have reliable labor in the summer. Washington was nothing if not a realist.” Cheek, William. Review of Booker T. Washington: The Making of a Black Leader, 1865-1901, by Louis R. Harlan. American Historical Review 79 (December 1974): 1634.

First freedom: the responses of Alabama’s Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction

by Peter Kolchin (call number E185.93A3 K64)

“This intrusive case study of Alabama blacks during the first half decade following the Civil War centers not on the actions of whites toward the freedmen but on the ways in which the Negroes themselves responded to emancipation. Consisting of a series of chapters on migration, the black family, education, churches, class structure and politics the book presents data demonstrating that the freedmen displayed a vigorous independence and played a vital role in shaping the character of the Reconstruction experience and of the postwar black community. Thus, for example, sharecropping developed largely because the former slaves preferred it to a wage system, and despite the demoralizing effects of slavery black family life assumed a stable patriarchal character…First Freedom is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies approaching Reconstruction in  the South from the perspective of the black experience.” Meier, August. Review of First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama’s Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction, by Peter Kolchin. American Historical Review 78 (December 1973): 1535.

Three Negro classics: Up from slavery. The souls of black folk. The autobiography of an ex-colored man.

Introduction by John Hope Franklin (call number E185.97 .W278)

UP FROM SLAVERY

“The autobiography of Booker T Washington is a startling portrait of one of the great Americans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The illegitimate son of ‘a white man and a Negro slave, Washington, a man who struggled for his education, would go on to struggle for the dignity of all his people in a hostile and alien society.”

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

“W.E.B. DuBois’s classic is a major sociological document and one of the momentous books in the mosaic of American literature. No other work has had greater influence on black thinking, and nowhere is the African-American’s unique heritage and his kinship with all men so passionately described.”

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN

“Originally published anonymously, James Weldon Johnson’s penetrating work is a remarkable human account of the life of black Americans in the early twentieth century and a profound interpretation of his feelings towards the white man and towards members of his own race. No other book touches with such understanding and objectivity on the phenomenon once called “passing” in a white society.

These three narratives, gathered together in Three Negro Classics chronicle the remarkable evolution of African-American consciousness on both a personal and social level. Profound, intelligent, and insightful, they are as relevant today as they have ever been.The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington is a startling portrait of one of the great Americans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.The illegitimate son of a white man and a Negro slave, Washington, a man who struggled for his education, would go on to struggle for the dignity of all his people in a hostile and alien society.W.E.B. DuBois’s classic is a major sociological document and one of the momentous books in the mosaic of American literature.No other work has had greater influence on black thinking, and nowhere is the African-American’s unique heritage and his kinship with all men so passionately described.Originally published anonymously, James Weldon Johnson’s penetrating work is a remarkable human account of the life of black Americans in the early twentieth century and a profound interpretation of his feelings towards the white man and towards members of his own race.No other book touches with such understanding and objectivity on the phenomenon once called “passing” in a white society.These three narratives, gathered together in Three Negro Classics, chronicle the remarkable evolution of African-American consciousness on both a personal and social level.Profound, intelligent, and insightful, they are as relevant today as they have ever been.”

Synopsis:

“Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington, The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, and The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson–these three narratives, gathered together here, chronicle the remarkable evolution of African-American consciousness on both a personal and social level. Profound, intelligent, and insightful, they are as relevant today as they have ever been.”
Synopsis and Reviews found at Powell’s Books website and provided by publisher Avon Books  http://www.powells.com/biblio?show=MASS%20MARKET:USED:9780380015818:3.95#synopses_and_reviews

Read the first page of Chapter 1 at Amazon.com

Parish boundaries: the Catholic encounter with race in the twentieth-century urban North

by John T. McGreevy (call number E185.912 .M38 1996)

“An account of how the Catholic Church in urban areas, with its largely ethnic parishes, responded to American racism and the ferment of the civil rights movement. Throughout most of this century, McGreevy (History/Harvard) asserts, Catholic parishes, with their distinctive emphasis on geographical boundaries, constituted a unique combination of educational, religious, and social communities, representing a specifically Catholic style of merging neighborhood and region.” Catholics arriving in America gravitated to areas in which there were Catholic churches, and the neighborhoods developed a clear, intense ethnic identity that did not easily admit outsiders. McGreevy concentrates on the period between WW I, when the Catholic system of parishes and schools aggressively expanded into every section of the cities, and the early 1970s, when the system began to show signs of strain. He is especially interested in exploring how Catholics and African-Americans interacted with one another. There was, early on, clear Vatican impatience with the existence of separate Catholic institutions for blacks. A number of individuals in the Church were uneasy with the unintended results of the parish system: Jesuit John LaFarge worked for greater integration, as did the Federation of Coloured Catholics. Public figures like Bishop Sheen and Cardinal Spellman presented a vision of Catholicism as transcending national and racial boundaries. Many Catholics endorsed integration in principle but fiercely opposed upsetting the ethnic homeostasis of their own parishes. In the 1960s Catholics’ social consciousness was raised by the Second Vatican Council and the civil rights movement. But as the model of integration came to be questioned in the name of respect for diversity, liberal Catholics who had fought against the parish system were, paradoxically, faced with a crisis. For many, their religious affiliation seemed an obstacle that protected a discredited status quo. A thorough, sensitive, and balanced contribution. (photos, not seen)” (Review found in Books in Print database) Kirkus Reviews 19960301

Up from slavery

by Booker T. Washington (call number E185.97 .W4 A3 1995)

“Washington was an educator, founder of the renowned Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He advocated blacks advancing by mastery of vocational skills rather than by seeking civil rights and social equality–cooperation between the races playing an important part in his thinking. His autobiography traces his upward path from slavery.” (Review found in Books in Print database) Booklist 19900115

All-night party: the women of bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930

by Andrea Barnet (call number F128.5 .B26513 2004)

“Scholars of history and literature wrestle with questions of how to define modernity or modernism. These issues become even more complex when applied to US women and African Americans. Barnet’s brilliant study illuminates the lives of unconventional women such as Mina Loy, Margaret Anderson, Jane Heap, Djuna Barnes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emma Goldman, Mabel Dodge, Marianne Moore, and Margaret Sanger in the focal period 1913-1930. However, Barnet does not limit her inquiry to the lives of white women only. She also examines African American women such as A’Lelia Walker, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters, suggesting that what these women, black and white, shared in common was their dissatisfaction with the limits of Victorian womanhood. As cultural pioneers, they chafed against a single definition of femininity and ultimately rebelled against tradition. Their choices began in negation, but place them closer to contemporary women than to their Victorian-era mothers, thus linking them to a modernist sensibility that treats art as an expression of the inner self and not merely the outer world. Richly illustrated with black and white photographs, this is an important contribution. ^B Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic levels and libraries. W. Glasker Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden” (Review found in Books in Print database) Choice 20041201

Websites

BlackPlanet.com

http://www.blackplanet.com/

Social networking site for African, African-Americans, and those of African descent.

NAACP

http://www.naacp.org/

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People goal is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”

Southern Christian Leadership Council

http://www.sclcnational.org/net/content/page.aspx?s=25461.0.12.2607

This organization was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, and other important black figures of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces

This database has information on almost 35,000 slave voyages that occurred between the 16th and 19th centuries.  There a Voyages Database where you can search maps, charts, and other types of data. Search estimates of how many slaves were transported. Also, included is an African names database, that identifies over 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.

“For anyone interested in learning more about the transatlantic slave trade, this database is essential. It contains materials on ships, crews, slaves, and places of embarkation and landing. The database lists the names of ships, captains, number of crew and slaves, place where slaves were taken and landed, where they were sold, and if anything unusual happened during the voyage. It can be searched by just about any variable imaginable, including the number of crew deaths and the outcome of the voyage. It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive database on the subject. Originally distributed on CD-ROM, the database is now readily accessible online. It loads very quickly and is easy to understand. The authors and contributors are recognized authorities, including David Eltis and Herbert Klein (who began to collect the material in the 1960s); therefore, the information can be assumed to be reliable. The site provides links to other relevant sites and lesson plans for secondary school teachers on the slave trade. This is a unique site for its comprehensiveness and search features. Anyone studying slavery, from sixth grade through university instructors, will quickly find this site to be a necessity in their classroom. Undergraduate students will be using this database for a very long time. Summing Up: Essential. All audiences and libraries. – K. L. Gorman, Minnesota State University-Mankato” (Editors’ Picks February 2009. Choice, v.46, no. 06, February 2009.)


Black and white images of black historical figures at the top of this page are from http://www.isoe-online.com/News_110108c.html and http://www.larklane.com/D3webwork2007/MohammedAbuHassan/index.htm

RefWorks Workshops Spring Semester

If you’re not using RefWorks, you’re working too hard. Spare yourself the headache and come to a library workshop on RefWorks. With RefWorks you can manage citations online, format bibliographies, and format in-text citations. You’ll no longer have to write down a citation or do a bibliography by hand.

RefWorks Basics
• Tuesday, February 10: 6:00 – 7:00pm
• Monday, February 16: 4:30 – 5:30pm
• Wednesday, February 25: 6:00 – 7:00pm

RefWorks Advanced
• Wednesday, March 4: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

All workshops in Crown 111 (first floor of Library)

A Dominican email account is required.

No registration is necessary.

Refreshments are provided.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

“We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote…Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed …And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”-Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963


Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered every year at this time. Listed are several books found in the Rebecca Crown Library’s collection. Some are biographical, and others discuss him in a larger perspective.  Many of these books are currently located in the Crown Library’s book display on the first floor of the Library.

During the month of January the Library will be posting information on upcoming University and local events  related to Martin Luther King and Barak Obama.

At_Canaans_Edge_America_in_the_King_Years_1965_to_1968_Taylor_Branch_adaptation_compact_discs.jpgAt Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Year’s, 1965-68

by Branch Taylor (call number E185.615 .B67 2006)

“Branch brings to conclusion his remarkable biography of Martin Luther King Jr. (Parting the Waters, CH, Jun’89, 26-5831; Pillar of Fire, 1999) with this exhaustively researched and compellingly written volume that powerfully sets forth a portrait of King as a critically important figure in post-WW II US history. The book covers the last three years of King’s life, proceeding from a comprehensive treatment of Selma to his martyrdom at Memphis. Branch throws into clear relief the passionate dedication, tactical flexibility, and charisma that King brought to his leadership role. His book shows that civil rights, economic justice, and antimilitarism were connected elements of King’s ministry, from which he would not be shaken. Branch is candid about the reality that King, subject to immense pressures, was not without frailties. Surely personal weaknesses made him vulnerable to attack, but he never bartered away his convictions. When dealing with King’s response to the Vietnam War, Branch is overly restrained in his treatment of Lyndon Johnson, but he is unsparing in his indictment of racist J. Edgar Hoover’s vendetta. That Hoover was kept on for decades as FBI director is a rebuke to much of this nation’s political leadership. Branch has made a memorable contribution to historical scholarship that merits the widest possible readership. Summing Up: Essential. Every public and academic library. H. Shapiro emeritus, University of Cincinnati” Choice (CH), 20060701

American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea

by Ira Chernus (call number HM1281 .C49 2004)

“Chernus (religious studies, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder) offers a survey of the intellectual history of nonviolence in the US from the Colonial period to the present. Through short accounts of prominent groups and individuals such as the Anabaptists, Henry David Thoreau, A. J. Muste, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Barbara Deming, and Thich Nhat Hanh, the author explores “the most prominent ideas advanced by nonviolence adherents throughout U.S. history.” Although Chernus provides a valuable overview of the nonviolence tradition, the book’s 13 vignettes are not always clearly connected, especially for students who may have a limited background in religious and intellectual history. Furthermore, this book is not intended to replace general histories such as Charles De Benedetti’s The Peace Reform in American History CH, Sep’80) or specialized studies such as Harriet Hyman Alonso’s Peace as a Women’s Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement of World Peace and Women’s Rights (CH, Jul’93, 30-6367). This reviewer also questions whether or not Chernus presents an overly celebratory description of several of his subjects. Nonetheless, this book fills an important gap in the history of pacifist ideas and social activism. ^B Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections. M. Puskar-Pasewicz College Misericordia” Choice (CH), 20050601

Martin Luther King: the peaceful warrior

by Ed Clayton (call number E185.97.K5 C51969)

This book is geared toward children. It tells the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in a manner everyone can understand.

Table of Contents, Excerpt, Front Cover, and Back Cover can be found at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0671732420/ref=sib_fs_top?ie=UTF8&p=S00B&checkSum=0dDb%2BlreXq4H9U9Lrz4XLpNKtMm%2BJRBcz1dFa3Yijrg%3D#reader-link

My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Coretta Scott King (call number E185.97.K5 K5)
“Grade 7-12– The revised edition of this 1969 autobiography contains some new information and insights, but its principal change is in the language and terminology. As in the earlier version, King describes growing up in rural Alabama, meeting her husband, their family life, and their work in the civil rights movement. Sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs illustrate the Kings’ private and public life; included are photos of her and their four children participating in more recent struggles. An introduction by the children and a new preface offer advice and a broad context for contemporary readers. The book is a compelling testimony to the dedication and sacrifice of those who struggled to end racial discrimination and oppression. King’s voice comes through clearly, as does her personality. At times, though, she sounds old-fashioned, particularly when she makes an appeal to today’s teenagers. Her view of her husband is naturally an uncritical one, and it is but one perspective in a many-sided and often acrimonious debate. Unfortunately, she does not take into account, or even try to refute, the FBI’s allegations or the points made by many of King’s biographers, most notably David Garrow. While this volume is an important work by virtue of its perspective, the changes are not substantive enough to justify purchase by those already owning the earlier work. –Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Siena College Library, Loudonville, NY Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.” from School Library Journal

Judgment days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the laws that changed America

by Nick Kotz (call number E847.2 .K67 2005)

“Johnson and King were southerners from similar roots but worlds apart–one white, one black; one a president, the other a minister. Their lives merged with the events that led to the passage of the transformative civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. Kotz traces the synergy of nonviolent civil disobedience with keen political acumen that produced the epic of the civil rights movement. Johnson embraced the critical analysis by black citizens concerning the gap between American practices and its principles on equity and freedom. Kotz covers the rising tension of the era that led to what King referred to as the second emancipation. Despite their shared achievement, tensions between King and Johnson grew as King became more active in protesting the war and advocating on behalf of poor Americans. Johnson’s decision not to run for president and King’s assassination– both in 1968–again tied these men together at the high and low ends of a fateful period. –Vernon Ford Copyright 2005 Booklist” Booklist (BL), 20041215

Landscape and Race in the United StatesLandscape and Race in the United States

by Richard H. Schein (call number E184.A1 L256 2006)

“The 12 chapters in this edited volume explore the links between race and landscape. In his introduction, Schein (geography, Univ. of Kentucky) offers a lucid account of how the landscape is both a product of, and context for, racial attitudes in the US. More ominously, he makes a convincing argument that people may, as they negotiate their way through space, unconsciously contribute to the perpetuation of race-based practices. The book, then, does far more than simply cover obvious manifestations of race. In fact, the 12 essays, which deal with everything from monumental spaces and suburban landscapes to the appearance of pet parks, probe deeply the ways in which racial attitudes can be read into the most mundane places. Unlike many edited collections in which the papers barely hang together, this book functions as a whole. The editor’s loose instructions (identified in the introduction) to the authors help give the book this overall coherence. Moreover, each chapter is uniformly well written. In all, this engaging book would be of interest to scholars ranging from undergraduate students to faculty in a range of disciplines. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. Ripmeester Brock University” Choice (CH), 20070901

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Liberating visions: human fulfillment and social justice in African-American thought

by Robert Michael Franklin (call number E185 .F8265 1990)

“Concentrating on the lives and writings of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin (Emory University) endeavors to construct a philosophical presence for these individuals, sketching, in the process, a distinct metaphysical persona for each of them. Washington becomes, in Franklin’s analysis, the “adaptive person”, with Dubois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. identified as “strenuous,” “defiant,” and “integrative” personages respectively. Franklin’s research plows little new ground, relying to an overwhelming extent on easily accessible published writings of these individuals. The lack of a bibliography obscures the fact that the author’s use of secondary sources is limited as well. In Franklin’s analysis, each person’s thought is examined against the background of his life and, to some extent, in relation to categories from contemporary moral philosophers William Galston and John Rawls. It is the author’s intent to present the four as serious thinkers as well as activists, a task that is perhaps most successful in the case of Dubois and King and almost completely unsuccessful as far as Washington is concerned. Useful to students of theology and specialists in African-American thought, upper-division undergraduate level and above. -N. Lederer, Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology” Choice (CH), 19901200

A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.What manner of man: a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Lerone Bennett (call number E185.97.K5 B4)

“Writing with both warmth and objectivity, a black journalist portrays King and his role as leader of the American civil rights movement. More recent commemorative biographies include Wm. Roger Witherspoon’s Martin Luther King, Jr. . . . to the Mountaintop (1985) and Flip Schulke and Penelope Otner McPhee’s King Remembered (1986). (Mr 1 65)” Booklist (BL), 19870901

Barack Obama’s Inauguration on January 20, 2009

The President-Elect Barack Obama has campaigned on a platform of change and simultaneously has united Americans. His inauguration marks a change in American history. The following lists include biography, his autobiography, and other books.

The audacity of hope: thoughts on reclaiming the American dream

by Barack Obama (call number E901.1.O23 A3 2006)

“Ilinois’s Democratic senator illuminates the constraints of mainstream politics all too well in this sonorous manifesto. Obama (Dreams from My Father) castigates divisive partisanship (especially the Republican brand) and calls for a centrist politics based on broad American values. His own cautious liberalism is a model: he’s skeptical of big government and of Republican tax cuts for the rich and Social Security privatization; he’s prochoice, but respectful of prolifers; supportive of religion, but not of imposing it. The policy result is a tepid Clintonism, featuring tax credits for the poor, a host of small-bore programs to address everything from worker retraining to teen pregnancy, and a health-care program that resembles Clinton’s Hillary-care proposals. On Iraq, he floats a phased but open-ended troop withdrawal. His triangulated positions can seem conflicted: he supports free trade, while deploring its effects on American workers (he opposed the Central American Free Trade Agreement), in the end hoping halfheartedly that more support for education, science and renewable energy will see the economy through the dilemmas of globalization. Obama writes insightfully, with vivid firsthand observations, about politics and the compromises forced on politicians by fund-raising, interest groups, the media and legislative horse-trading. Alas, his muddled, uninspiring proposals bear the stamp of those compromises. (Oct. 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.” Publishers Weekly, 20061002


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Barack Obama

by Heather Lehr Wagner (call number E901.1.O23 W25 2008)

A biography of Barack Obama’s life, which includes full-color photographs and an index. Included is a list of websites to refer to for further reading.

Information about this title found at European bookstore.com, http://www.eurospangroup.com/display.asp?isb=9781604133240&

Barack Obama: a biography

by Joann F. Price (call number E901.1.O23 P75 2008)

“With all the hoopla about Barack Obama’s history-making campaign for president, Price (a writing coach/author of Martha Stewart: A Biography, Greenwood, 2007) provides a refreshingly balanced account of his upbringing, influences, struggles, hopes, and achievements. As part of a series specifically designed for high school students and general readers, the biography includes a timeline of events significant to his life (starting with the Emancipation Proclamation), photographs, and references. Annotation 2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)” Reference and Research Book News, 20081101

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Barack Obama, the new face of American politics

by Martin Dupuis (call number E901.1.O23 D87 2008)

“Dupuis (political science, U. of Central Florida) and Boeckelman (political science, Western Illinois U.) examine the national political career of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama. Following a brief biographical overview, they present accounts of his successful primary and general election campaigns for the US Senate in 2004, followed by discussion of his fundraising abilities, his campaign’s use of media, and the influence of race on his political career. They also offer a description of his first two years in the Senate and consider the evolution of his “post-partisan” political message. Annotation 2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)” Reference and Research Book News, 20080501

This Improbable QuestBarack Obama: this improbable quest

by John K. Wilson (call number E901.1.O23 W56 2008)

“Regarding freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s quixotic (at least by conventional standards) quest for the Oval Office, these books fall between the usual extremes of unabashedly promotional and critical policy analysis. The more thought-provoking is Steele’s (senior fellow, Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ.; White Guilt), who argues that while he shares much in common with Obama, he is convinced that the senator cannot prevail in his race for the White House. In his brief polemic, almost a literary jazzlike riff on U.S. politics, race relations, and contemporary sociology, Steele examines the significance and implications of Obama’s candidacy, concluding that while it is historical-even iconic-he cannot be elected because he is “a bound man.” By this he means that although Obama seeks to transcend superficial racial identities, he is in a double-bind, suspended between black racial solidarity and white liberal guilt. Steele admires Obama yet questions his character and policy commitments. If Steele is an Obama agnostic, Wilson (How the Left Can Win Arguments and Influence People), who studied law under Obama at the University of Chicago, is an Obama disciple. While Obama’s candidacy is perhaps the “improbable quest” that he himself declared it in his announcement speech in 2007, Wilson contends that Obama is the most electorally appealing progressive candidate, one who has truly sparked a grassroots movement. While Steele argues that race may be the downfall of Obama’s campaign, Wilson counters that Obama, through his policy proposals and charisma, has transcended race in large measure, and, if elected in 2008, would help the country move further down the road toward what Martin Luther King called the “beloved community.” With caucuses and primaries upon us, we soon will find out which of these books proves the more deeply insightful. Neither is fully persuasive but each is essential reading for anyone wishing to try to make more sense of contemporary American presidential politics and social policy. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Univ., Nampa, ID Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.” Library Journal, 20080201

Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance

by Barack Obama (call number E185.97.O23 A3 2004)

“Obama, the Democratic candidate for Illinois’s open Senate seat, strode into the national spotlight last month with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. With a chance to become the Senate’s only African-American member, Obama, a Harvard-educated civil rights lawyer, has been called ”the new Tiger Woods of American politics.” Obama’s memoir, reissued with a new preface, traces his unusual family history. His father, a black Kenyan, and his mother, a white American from Kansas, met and married in Hawaii (his father returned to Kenya when Obama was still young). Paul Watkins, writing in the Book Review in 1995, said Obama’s memoir ”persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither.” from New York Times Book Review byIhsan Taylor, published 08/29/2004

Websites

Barack Obama

http://www.barackobama.com/learn/meet_barack.php

Barack Obama’s MySpace Page

http://www.myspace.com/barackobama

The Office of the President-Elect

http://change.gov/

New Database – R&TA

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Religious and Theological Abstracts (R&TA) – the database that “tell[s] you what the title doesn’t say” – is now available to searchers on the Crown Library’s A-Z List of Databases and Databases by Subject. This publication is available exclusively in digital format, as they recently ceased publishing in print.

Thousands of entries are added each year, covering articles in more than 500 scholarly journals from around the world. This resource provides English-language reviews of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.  Entries are categorized as Biblical, Theological, Historical, or Practical. A Scripture search is also available.

It will be useful to note that this database includes citations that the American Theological Library Association (ATLA)’s abstracting source does not.  -Tineka Wireman