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1. Mourning Lincoln [2015]

Book
viii, 396 pages : ill. ; 25 cm
The news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is the first to delve into the personal and intimate responses of everyday people-northerners and southerners, soldiers and civilians, black people and white, men and women, rich and poor. Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Martha Hodes, one of our finest historians, captures the full range of reactions to the president's death-far more diverse than public expressions would suggest. She tells a story of shock, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and fear. "'Tis the saddest day in our history, " wrote a mournful man. It was "an electric shock to my soul, " wrote a woman who had escaped from slavery. "Glorious News!" a Lincoln enemy exulted. "Old Lincoln is dead, and I will kill the goddamned Negroes now, " an angry white southerner ranted. For the black soldiers of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts, it was all "too overwhelming, too lamentable, too distressing" to absorb. There are many surprises in the story Hodes tells, not least the way in which even those utterly devastated by Lincoln's demise easily interrupted their mourning rituals to attend to the most mundane aspects of everyday life. There is also the unexpected and unabated virulence of Lincoln's northern critics, and the way Confederates simultaneously celebrated Lincoln's death and instantly-on the very day he died-cast him as a fallen friend to the defeated white South. Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty and confusion, when competing visions of America's future proved irreconcilable and hopes for racial justice in the aftermath of the Civil War slipped from the nation's grasp. Hodes masterfully brings the tragedy of Lincoln's assassination alive in human terms-terms that continue to stagger and rivet us one hundred and fifty years after the event they so strikingly describe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300195804 20160618
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01

2. 12 years a slave [2013]

Video
1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; surround; stereo; Dolby. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; Region 1.
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Media & Microtext Center
AFRICAAM-252C-01, FILMPROD-105-01, FILMPROD-305-01, HISTORY-252C-01, THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Video
1 videodisc (134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Digital: video file; Blu-Ray.
The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.
Media & Microtext Center
AFRICAAM-252C-01, FILMPROD-105-01, FILMPROD-305-01, HISTORY-252C-01, THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Book
xxxvi, 240 p. : ill., music ; 20 cm.
Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next twelve years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup published this gripping account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the 'peculiar institution' during the three decades before the Civil War. Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced thirty years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission. Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history. This extraordinary slave narrative, new to Penguin Classics, has a new introduction by prize-winning historian and author Ira Berlin, an essay by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780143106708 20160612
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Video
3 videodiscs (192 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Disc 1: The 2011 restoration
  • Disc 2: The 1993 restoration and The making of 'The birth of a nation'
  • Disc 3: Bonus films and documents.
Nearly 100 years after its initial release, remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D.W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans.
Media & Microtext Center
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Video
3 videodiscs (1 Blu-ray) (192 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Disc 1: The 2011 restoration (Blu-ray)
  • Disc 2: The 1993 restoration and The making of 'The birth of a nation'
  • Disc 3: Bonus films and documents.
Nearly 100 years after its initial release, remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D.W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans.
Media & Microtext Center
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Book
228 pages : illustrations, portraits, music, facsimiles ; 23 cm
After living as a free man for the first thirty-three years of his life, Solomon Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, leaving behind a wife and three children in New York. Sold to a Louisiana plantation owner who was also a Baptist preacher, Northup proceeded to serve several masters, some who were brutally cruel and others whose humanity he praised. After years of bondage, he met an outspoken abolitionist from Canada who notified Northup's family of his whereabouts, and he was subsequently rescued by an official agent of the state of New York. "Twelve Years a Slave" is his account of this unusual series of events. Northup describes life on cotton and sugar cane plantations in meticulous detail. One slave narrative scholar calls his narrative "one of the most detailed and realistic portraits of slave life." He also leavens his account with wry humor and cultural commentary, making many parts of the narrative read more like travel writing than abolitionist literature. "Twelve Years a Slave" presents the remarkable story of a free man thrown into a hostile and foreign world, who survived by his courage and cunning. A DOCSOUTH BOOK. This collaboration between UNC Press and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library brings selected classic works from the digital library of Documenting the American South back into print. DocSouth Books uses the latest digital technologies to make these works available as downloadable e-books or print-on-demand publications. DocSouth Books are unaltered from the original publication, providing affordable and easily accessible editions to a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780807869437 20160612
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Book
xi, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
  • The rebirth of caste
  • The lockdown
  • The color of justice
  • The cruel hand
  • The new Jim Crow
  • The fire this time.
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Video
1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.
Media & Microtext Center
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Book
xl, 1164 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
The text of this new scholarly edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is the first ever to be based on Mark Twain's complete, original manuscript - including its first 665 pages, which had been lost for over a hundred years when they turned up in 1990 in a Los Angeles attic. The text has been thoroughly re-edited using this manuscript, restoring thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation which had been corrupted by Mark Twain's typist, typesetters, and proofreaders. It includes all of the 174 first edition illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble, which the author called 'most rattling good'. The editorial matter is extraordinarily rich. A new introduction tells the story of how Mark Twain's book was written, edited, published, and received, and spells out in detail the effect of the newly discovered manuscript on the text. Included are revised and updated maps of the Mississippi River valley, explanatory notes, glossary, and several documentary appendixes such as Twain's literary working notes, facsimile manuscript pages, facsimile reproductions of the author's revisions for his public reading tours, and contemporary advertisements and announcements. Also included are a description of the manuscript and all texts used in preparing this edition and complete lists of the author's revisions. The acclaimed 2001 "Mark Twain Library Edition" (Library edition books are intended for general readers) was drawn from this comprehensive new scholarly edition in the "Works of Mark Twain" series.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520237711 20160603
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Video
1 videodisc (187 min.) : sd., col. tint ; 4 3/4 in.
This epic story of the Civil War as seen through the lives of two families is a controversial classic of film history.
Media & Microtext Center
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01

12. Dessa Rose [1986]

Book
236 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01
Book
xxvi, 163 p. port., map. 22 cm.
An autobiographical account of a childhood and youth spent in slavery by a man who became a great abolitionist and leader of anti-slavery activity.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
THINK-31-01, THINK-31-01