Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. "This deeply researched work grips the reader like a Grisham novel as it unravels the intricacies of the Florida legal system, a state that had more KKK members and more lynchings than any other during this era. (LJ 2/1/12)"
The most iconic image of racist brutality in America would have looked different had James Cameron not survived a lynching attempt in Indiana in He devoted the rest of his life not just to civil rights, but to memorializing the moment of his near death.
Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.
Full length portrait, young African American girl standing by a tassled chair, holding doll and handle of baby doll carriage, ca. 1870. Randolph L. Simpson African-American collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Vintage African American photography ♥