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50 Most Influential Black Films

The 50 Most Influential Black Films

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The 50 Most Influential Black Films is an introspective study of the black image in motion pictures from the late-19th century through the 20th century. Its chapters are organized by decades, starting with silent films and continuing through independent films of the 1990s. Each chapter begins with...Read More
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Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

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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...Read More
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Bible History in the Sioux Indian Language

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The introduction of print by Europeans to Native North America, which previously had a long rich oral tradition, is also the story of attempts to convert the Indians to Christianity. In their efforts to do so, missionaries relied on Native people to teach them the language and to assist them...Read More
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Book of Common Prayer. Mohawk

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The introduction of print by Europeans to Native North America, which previously had a long rich oral tradition, is also the story of attempts to convert the Indians to Christianity. In their efforts to do so, missionaries relied on Native people to teach them the language and to assist them in the...Read More
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Brown Gold

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Brown Gold traces the development of African American children’s literature from the 1870s to the 2000s. The book includes literary criticism and pedagogy, as well as literary history and cultural analysis. The author discusses the use and impact of racial terms such as Afro, Negro, African...Read More
Dineh Bizad, Navajo, his Language title page

Dineh Bizad, Navaho, His Language

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This small 4 x 6 inch handbook written by Presbyterian missionary Frederick G Mitchel is  “ . .  the fruit of a sincere desire to help those who seek a working knowledge of the Navaho language.”   It includes an alphabet with English sound words, conjugated verbs, an English-...Read More
Family education and government- a discourse in the Choctaw language.

Family Education and Government

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North American Indian languages have been a strong research interest at the Smithsonian Institution virtually since its founding.  SI Libraries holds about 20 published texts in Choctaw – primarily grammars, glossaries, and translations of the Bible. This work is particularly interesting in...Read More
Five Weeks in a Balloon Front Cover

Five Weeks in a Balloon

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First published in 1863, this 1869 English translation edition of the Jules Verne balloon adventure is in good overall condition, including the illustrations. This copy was once owned by famed collector and ephemera expert, Bella C. Landauer. Mrs. Landauer's collection of aeronautical sheet...Read More
Grammaire Demotique, cover and spine

Grammaire Demotique Contenant les Principes Generaux de la Langue et de l'Ecriture Populaires des Anciens Egyptiens

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This book was written by Egyptologist Henri Brugsch in 1855. It was the first European attempt to study Demotic—the written and spoken language of the ancient Egyptian people. Brugsch’s project was recognized and supported by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia. He sponsored Brugsch’s visits to...Read More
Cover of The Great Chili Confrontation by H. Allen Smith

The Great Chili Confrontation

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Before cooking competitions on reality TV, a 1967 throwdown chili cookoff, commemorated in The Great Chili Confrontation, rocked the state of Texas and led to today’s World Chili Champion Cookoff (WCCC). When humorist H. Allen Smith wrote “Nobody Knows More About Chili Than I Do” in Holiday...Read More

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