Tag Archive | Slavery

James Donaldson’s Book Review – White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Racism? Sexism? Classism? And all of the other “ism’s” is what makes up America and every other civilization throughout history. It’s just human nature, and we can get away from it.   I know we in America, continue to try to deliver on the ideology of “American Exceptionalism” and a real “melting pot” concept, and […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War: 1831 – 1861: The Drama of American History by Christopher Collier

In this short read of a book, “Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War”, the author, Christopher Collier does a really good job of depicting the attitudes and the sentiments leading up to the Civil War, which was the battle between the North and the South of the United States, (Union versus Confederates), and […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave by Willie Lynch

This was an excellent read into the inside in goings-on of the slave trade, not only here in America, but also in European countries. Believe it or not, it was actually a man named, Willie Lynch, in which this letter is attributed to, as he went about to teach and train slaveholders on how to […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

There were about 14 million immigrants who came to America in the 1920s. In 1924, Congress passed an immigration act, which gave great advantages to white Europeans, yet severely limited the number of immigrants from Asian and African countries. Matter of fact, the number was set at 100 immigrants per year from China!!!, and even […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass

This was an in-depth and insightful portrayal of the life of Frederick Douglass. A man who was born in the slavery, educated himself, escaped from slavery and along the way was able to encounter experiences that gave him a “broader view” of what the institution of slavery was all about. Very good book, and I […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Say It Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches by American RadioWorks

Dick Gregory Fannie Lou Hanmer Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey Mary MacLeod Bathone Stokely Carmichael Martin Luther King Jr. Shirley Chisholm James Cone Barbara Jordan Jesse Jackson Pres. Barack Obama  A real treasure of speeches from African-American leaders throughout the last hundred years in United States history.  I didn’t know what to expect, and […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen

“Sundown towns” refer to cities and towns throughout America’s 20th century (to current) where racial discrimination remains at a very high-level. http://www.audible.com/pd/History/Sundown-Towns-Audiobook/B002V1BE10/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1416724882&sr=1-1  Most of them operated by tolerating the African-Americans and other minorities who may have frequented the towns during the day, but in essence, made life very difficult when the sun went down. Most […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Slaves’ War: The Civil War As Told In The Words of Former Slaves by Andrew Ward

http://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-Slaves-War-Audiobook/B002V01ED4 This is a collection of circa 1920’s interviews that were conducted with actual slaves from the 1860s, who told their stories from personal accounts. The author does a great job of rounding up these dozens of interviews, weave them into a narrative, and telling the wonderful story of the slaves perspective on the Civil […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Where Do We Go From Here: From A Call To A Conscience by Martin Luther King Jr.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Where-Do-We-Go-From-Here-Audiobook/B002VAEVBG Sen. Edward Kennedy makes a wonderful introduction with “Where Do We Go from Here”, one of the landmark speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is one of King’s best speeches as he talks to America and the American Negroes about where do they go from here. King is encouraging voter registration drives, […]


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