New @the SCL: family stories, personal journeys, and cultural migrations

Today’s post wraps up the last of the Stone Center Library’s new books currently on display.  Interested in topics such as migration, social history, and compelling family biographies?  Check out these titles, newly available @your Stone Center Library:

“Tim Brannigan tells of his time as a republican prisoner and his attempts to find the father who abandoned him.”

“Damn Near White is an insider’s portrait of an unusual American family. Readers will be drawn into Carolyn’s journey as she struggles to redefine herself in light of the long-buried secrets she uncovers. Tackling issues of class, color, and caste, Wilkins reflects on the changes of African American life in U.S. history through her dedicated search to discover her family’s powerful story.”

“This is Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age, a memoir that conveys her philosophy as well as her experiences, and that also conveys an urgent message and mission—to inform the West of the extent of the threat from Islam, both from outside and from within our open societies. A celebration of free speech and democracy, Nomad is an important contribution to the history of ideas, but above all a rousing call to action.”

“Rutkoff (American studies) and Scott (history, both Kenyon College) place the 20th-century migration of African Americans from the US South north and west in the context of earlier migrations both inplace and in culture. Among their topics are leaving West Africa, Harlem as the negro capital of the world, blues pianos and tricky baseballs in Pittsburgh, Walkin’ Egypt in the Mississippi Delta, California dreaming in South Central Los Angeles, and three stories and a conclusion to close the circle.”

“This is the history of “the work and workers connected with the founding and development of Oak Hill Industrial Academy.” The academy was “established for the benefit of the Freedmen of the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.”

“At the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation. In this first full-length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill’s founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land-lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s.”

Believe it or not, this week’s highlights are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new acquisitions here at the Library.  Please be sure to tune in tomorrow for this week’s Staff Pick. Happy Library Week, everyone!

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