Best U.S. Civil War Women's History Books
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1. The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
Author: by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Published at: Penguin Press (February 16, 2021)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won”The Daughters of Kobani is an unforgettable and nearly mythic tale of women’s power and courage. The young women profiled in this book fought a fearsome war against brutal men in impossible circumstances-and proved in the process what girls and women can accomplish when given the chance to lead.
Brilliantly researched and respectfully reported, this book is a lesson in heroism, sacrifice, and the real meaning of sisterhood. I am so grateful that this story has been told.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love”Absolutely fascinating and brilliantly written, The Daughters of Kobani is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand both the nobility and the brutality of war.
This is one of the most compelling stories in modern warfare.”Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Make Your BedIn 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution centered on women’s rights. But that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little town few had ever heard of: Kobani.
2. Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
Author: by Julia Sweig
Published at: Random House (March 16, 2021)
A magisterial portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, and a major reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady’s political instincts had on LBJ’s presidency. An inviting, challenging, well-told tale of the thoroughly modern partner and strategist Lady Bird Johnson, whose skill and complexity emerge fully in this rich tale of history and humanity.
John Dickerson, author of The Hardest Job in the World This riveting portrait gives us an important revision of a long-neglected First Lady. Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, vol 1-3In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson had a decision to make.
Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstancesfollowing the assassination of President John F. Kennedyhe had to decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.
The strategy memo she produced for him, emblematic of her own political acumen and largely overlooked by biographers, is just one revealing example of how their marriage was truly a decades-long political partnership. Perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the twentieth century, Lady Bird Johnson was also one of the most accomplished and often her husband’s secret weapon.
3. Caste: A Brief History of Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ageism, Homophobia, Religious Intolerance, Xenophobia, and Reasons for Hope
Author: by University Press
Published at: Independently published (July 4, 2020)
University Press returns with another short and captivating book a brief history of caste, bias, and discrimination. We have inherited a world full of humans who have been healed and hurt by other humans. There was a time, in an age before this one, when ignorance was forgivable.
But that time has passed. Now is not the time for the enlightened to sneer at the brutes. Sneering hurts people. And hurt people hurt people.No. Now is the time for healing. And healing begins with introspection and a recognition of our own caste, our own biases, and our own discrimination.
And introspection begins with a glimpse of the past. This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the history of seven virulent and persistent human biases a glimpse that you can read in about an hour.
4. A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
Author: by Brittany K. Barnett
Crown (September 8, 2020)
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE A powerful and devastating (The Washington Post) call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanityfrom a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.
An essential book for our time …Brittany K.Barnett is a star. Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN Host, and New York Times bestselling author Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life foreverthat of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner, and, like Brittany, Black daughter of the rural South.
A victim of America’s devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn away from her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parolefor a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of her own life, as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother.
As she studied this case, a system came into focus in which widespread racial injustice forms the core of America’s addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharanda’s plight, Brittany set to work to gain her freedom. This had never been the plan.
5. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Author: by Douglas A. Blackmon
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 13, 2009)
This groundbreaking historical expose unearths the lost stories of enslaved persons and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter in The Age of Neoslavery. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented Pulitzer Prize-winning account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
Following the Emancipation Proclamation, convictsmostly black menwere leased through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history.
An astonishing book…. It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americansand of what we are.Chicago Tribune
6. They Were Her Property
Author: by Stephanie E Jones-Rogers
Published at: Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (January 7, 2020)
Winner of Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery 2020 Harriet Tubman PrizeWinner of the Los Angeles Times 2019 Book Prize in HistoryWinner of the Southern Association for Women’s Historians 2020 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best book in southern women’s historyWinner of the Southern Historical Association 2020 Charles S.
Sydnor Award for the best book in southern history published in an odd-numbered yearWinner of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2020 Best Book PrizeWinner of the Organization of American Historians 2020 Merle Curti Social History Award for the best book in American social history A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy”Compelling.”-Renee Graham, Boston Globe “Stunning.”-Rebecca Onion, Slate “Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”-Parul Sehgal, New York Times Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery.
7. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Author: by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Published at: Hay House Inc.; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2014)
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.
She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional lovea love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
8. Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
Author: by W. Caleb McDaniel
Published at: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2019)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for HistoryThe unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman’s fight for justice-and reparations Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deputy sheriff named Zebulon Ward colluded with Wood’s employer, abducted her, and sold her back into bondage.
She remained enslaved throughout the Civil War, giving birth to a son in Mississippi and never forgetting who had put her in this position. By 1869, Wood had obtained her freedom for a second time and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for damages in 1870.
Astonishingly, after eight years of litigation, Wood won her case: in 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500. The decision stuck on appeal. More important than the amount, though the largest ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery, was the fact that any money was awarded at all.
By the time the case was decided, Ward had become a wealthy businessman and a pioneer of convict leasing in the South. Wood’s son later became a prominent Chicago lawyer, and she went on to live until 1912. McDaniel’s book is an epic tale of a black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors.
9. Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One
Author: by Alison Weir
Published at: Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (September 26, 2017)
In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life. The lives of England’s medieval queens were packed with incidentlove, intrigue, betrayal, adultery, and warfarebut their stories have been largely obscured by centuries of myth and omission.
Now esteemed biographer Alison Weir provides a fresh perspective and restores these women to their rightful place in history. Spanning the years from the Norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first Plantagenet queen, was crowned, this epic book brings to vivid life five women, including: Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, the first Norman king; Matilda of Scotland, revered as the common mother of all England; and Empress Maud, England’s first female ruler, whose son King Henry II would go on to found the Plantagenet dynasty.
More than those who came before or after them, these Norman consorts were recognized as equal sharers in sovereignty. Without the support of their wives, the Norman kings could not have ruled their disparate dominions as effectively. Drawing from the most reliable contemporary sources, Weir skillfully strips away centuries of romantic lore to share a balanced and authentic take on the importance of these female monarchs.
10. Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Author: by Jacqueline L. Tobin
Published at: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books edition (January 18, 2000)
The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad.
In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to “write this down,” Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.
But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was “ready.” During the three years it took for Williams’s narrative to unfoldand as the friendship and trust between the two women grewTobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery.
11. Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
Author: by Elizabeth Keckley
Published at: Eno Publishers; Reprint edition (April 5, 2016)
Behind the Scenes: or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House was first published in 1868 and is considered one of the most candid and poignant slave narratives. Author Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley writes about her teenage years, working as a slave for the Rev. Robert Burwell in Hillsborough, NC.
He is thought by many historians to have been Keckley s half-brother. The Burwells had twelve children and ran an academy for girls. She writes about mistreatment and violence visited upon her by Rev. and Mrs. Burwell, and the unwelcome sexual advances and eventual rape by one of the town s white citizens.
After Keckley gave birth to a son, she and her baby were sent to live with Burwell s sister. Born into slavery, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley endured untold hardships at the hands of her master and half-brother Robert Burwell in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
She eventually purchased freedom for herself and that of her son in the 1850s and is now remembered as an entrepreneur, fashion designer, abolitionist, educator, writer, and community activist. Self-reliant and educated, Keckley used her dressmaking skills to set up a successful business in the pre-Civil War Washington D.C., where she became the modiste of choice for many of the most fashionable women in the nation s capital.
12. She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
Author: by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Published at: 37 Ink (November 5, 2019)
In the bestselling tradition of The Notorious RBG comes a lively, informative, and illustrated tribute to one of the most exceptional women in American historyHarriet Tubmana heroine whose fearlessness and activism still resonates today. Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad.
As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Now, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.
Not only did Tubman help liberate hundreds of slaves, she was the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the Civil War, worked as a spy for the Union Army, was a fierce suffragist, and was an advocate for the aged.
She Came to Slay reveals the many complexities and varied accomplishments of one of our nation’s true heroes and offers an accessible and modern interpretation of Tubman’s life that is both informative and engaging. Filled with rare outtakes of commentary, an expansive timeline of Tubman’s life, photos (both new and those in public domain), commissioned illustrations, and sections including Harriet By the Numbers (number of times she went back down south, approximately how many people she rescued, the bounty on her head) and Harriet’s Homies (those who supported her over the years), She Came to Slay is a stunning and powerful mix of pop culture and scholarship and proves that Harriet Tubman is well deserving of her permanent place in our nation’s history.
13. At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
Author: by Tamika Y. Nunley
Published at: The University of North Carolina Press (February 22, 2021)
The capital city of a nation founded on the premise of liberty, nineteenth-century Washington, D.C., was both an entrepot of urban slavery and the target of abolitionist ferment. The growing slave trade and the enactment of Black codes placed the city’s Black women within the rigid confines of a social hierarchy ordered by race and gender.
At the Threshold of Liberty reveals how these women-enslaved, fugitive, and free-imagined new identities and lives beyond the oppressive restrictions intended to prevent them from ever experiencing liberty, self-respect, and power. Consulting newspapers, government documents, letters, abolitionist records, legislation, and memoirs, Tamika Y.
Nunley traces how Black women navigated social and legal proscriptions to develop their own ideas about liberty as they escaped from slavery, initiated freedom suits, created entrepreneurial economies, pursued education, and participated in political work. In telling these stories, Nunley places Black women at the vanguard of the history of Washington, D.C., and the momentous transformations of nineteenth-century America.
14. Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters
Author: by Princeton Architectural Press
Published at: Princeton Architectural Press (March 20, 2018)
“Posters for Change is the kind of project that the world needs right now.” Shepard FaireyMake your voice heard with this collection of 50 tear-out posters created by designers from around the globe! This collection of posters is made forand bypeople who want to make their voices heard in a time of unprecedented political activism and resistance.
Stand up for: Animal Rights Child Labor Civil Rights Climate Change and the Environment Gun Control Health Care Access Immigration LGBTQ and Gender Rights Mass Incarceration Public Arts Voting Rights Women”s RightsProceeds will be donated to the following nonprofit organizations: Advocates for Human Rights, Border Angels, Honor the Earth, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
A foreword by Avram Finkelstein, a designer for the AIDS art activist collective Gran Fury, looks at the crucial role of graphic activism in the current political climate.
15. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
Author: by Nadia Murad
Published at: Tim Duggan Books; Unabridged edition (October 16, 2018)
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE In this courageous (The Washington Post) memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story. Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq.
A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended.
Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves.
Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
Author: by Kate Clifford Larson
Published at: One World; 52830th edition (December 28, 2004)
The essential, richly researched* biography of Harriet Tubman, revealing a complex woman who led a remarkable life, one that her race, her sex, and her origins make all the more extraordinary (*The New York Times Book Review). Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American historya fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War.
Now, in this magnificent biography, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives us a powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed portrait of Tubman and her times. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well as extensive genealogical data, Larson presents Harriet Tubman as a complete human beingbrilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom.
A true American hero, Tubman was also a woman who loved, suffered, and sacrificed. Praise for Bound for the Promised Land [Bound for the Promised Land] appropriately reads like fiction, for Tubman’s exploits required such intelligence, physical stamina and pure fearlessness that only a very few would have even contemplated the feats that she actually undertook….