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Books Available for Adoption
Cover of Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

By Lorenzo Dow Turner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, c2002,
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This is a new edition of Turner's original 1949 masterpiece, which was a seminal work in Afrocentric linguistics. Arranged like a dictionary, it has Gullah words on the left side of each page, and the corresponding West African words on the right side. Gullah is a language spoken by the eponymous people descended from former slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Pioneering linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner also uses this book to discuss the distinctively Gullah way of writing. Examining this book, a reader can easily see how the African languages changed into Gullah, a... Read More
black aviator

Black Aviator

By William J. Powell. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, c1994.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Published by the Smithsonian, this wonderful book is an updated copy of the 1934 book entitled "Black Wings." The original was written by an African American army officer and WWI veteran, Lt. William Jenifer Powell. Released 60 years after the original, this copy includes an introduction by the Smithsonian's Curator of Russian/Soviet & African-American Aviation. To make it even more special, this exact copy was donated by the (late) second Director of the Anacostia Community Museum, Steven Newsome, who started out his career as a librarian! This small book details the life of the... Read More
Blue roots

Blue Roots

By Roger Pinckney. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications, c1998.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

At less than 200 pages, this small paperback book is filled with black and white photographs depicting Gullah life. Gullahs are the descendants of slaves, specifically from the Lowcountry regions of the United States, including Georgia and South Carolina. The author is from South Carolina Gullah country. This book is about roots that can be used for healing, curses, good luck, bad luck, etc. The author’s dad was the county coroner, so he is familiar with death. Folk magic permeates Gullah culture, in a way very similar to voodoo. Haunts, spells, suffering roots, hexes, goofer dust (... Read More
Cooking the Gullah Way

Cooking the Gullah Way

By Sallie Ann Robinson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Mrs. Sallie Ann Robinson is the Gullah Diva chef. Raised in South Carolina Gullah country on an island only accessible by boat, she is used to eating what can easily be farmed, hunted, or caught. At about one hundred fifty pages, this cookbook is divided into three sections: morning, noon, and night. They correspond with breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, and supper recipes. The beginning of the book has black and white photos of Gullah life. The Gullah are descendants of slaves in the Lowcountry regions of the United States, specifically South Carolina and Georgia. At the end are about... Read More
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Fight for Freedom

By Laurence Santrey. Mahwah, N.J: Troll, c1983.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This quick read is directed at teenagers. It is full of powerful black and white sketches. This book shares the fascinating story of Frederick Douglass's young life as well as trials that today's teens can relate to: young Fred’s early life, the deaths of his loved ones, changing his last name to avoid being tracked, learning to stand up for himself and fight, and learning about the importance of education. This biographic work is a classic coming of age true story.  Read More
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Frederick Douglass

By Benjamin Quarles. New York: Da Capo Press, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Featuring only a few black and white photos (Frederick Douglass, a statue of Frederick Douglass, his first wife, and his second wife), this book is a masterpiece of prose. Professor Benjamin Arthur Quarles, celebrated Frederick Douglass expert, adds value to Douglass’ own three autobiographies by delving deeper into the type of man Frederick Douglass became over the years. From showing immense courare when overcoming obstacles to demonstrating poise in the face of controversy, Frederick Douglass became a hallmark to the U.S. abolitionist movement. Read More
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Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice

By Gregory P. Lampe. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This book was written by Dr. Gregory Lampe, a retired provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, and emeritus communications professor at Michigan State University. Since Douglass was an orator, it seems fitting for a communications and speech professor to write about his oratory and rhetoric. Now, after reading this book, you have to go to freedomarchives.org to listen to a recording of Frederick Douglass's voice. His speeches are fiery, and spirit-filled, and he doesn’t just speak, but he preaches about abolition as if it were a sermon, moving today's modern... Read More
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Freedom in my Heart

Washington, D.C: United States National Slavery Museum : In association with National Geographic, c2008.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Written by Dr. Cynthia Carter, former director of Africare and current Chief Development Officer at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, this richly illustrated book uses artifacts, images, and documents to trace the history of slavery in North America, from ancient Africa to the suffering still experienced by African Americans today. Freedom in My Heart contains the voices,  art, letters, stories, and cultural contributions of slaves, demonstrating how African Americans developed their strong culture despite adversity.  Each of the ten chapters has a... Read More
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Gullah Culture in America

By Wilbur Cross. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2008.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

The book’s purpose is to take us behind-the-scenes so we can see what it’s like to grow up and live life in the Gullah community. Sayings such as “dog got four feet but can’t walk but one road” are uniquely Gullah. This translates to “you can only do one thing at a time.” The book has black adn white photos of Gullah people fishing, riding on horseback, boating, and playing music. One of the co-authors is of South CarolinaGullah heritage: Dr. Emory Campbell, President of Gullah Heritage Consulting Services. The Gullah community is made up of descendants of freed slaves living in the... Read More
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Gullah Images

By Jonathan Green. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, c1996.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This beautiful coffee table book book is signed by the author, Jonathan Green of South Carolina. It contains 108 color portraits and paintings, with captions describing each work of art. The first thirty pages share a biography of the artist and describe his life’s work. The rest of the book is devoted entirely to nothing but beautiful art. The images depict the artist’s upbringing. He was raised on a farm in Gullah country, the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia, inhabited by the descendants of freed slaves from the area.  Read More

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