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Great recomendations, Marx, although I still have to say that I really, really, really, wait, let me think, no, really hate textbooks, especially those geared toward high school kids. They're so neutral you'd get the impression things just happen -- POOF! -- with no cause or effect.

Things Fall Apart is one of my favorite books, and I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who has read it. Other books I would recommend are Up From Slavery: The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass; The Autobiography of Nat Turner; Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail; The Tuskeegee Airmen; and Black Boy, by Richard Wright.

One more thing on historical fiction. The important thing is to keep in mind that it is fiction. You wouldn't say you learned everything you know about Italy from Mario Puzo. However, some historical fiction is better than others. Ragtime by Doctorow and A Twist at the End by Stephen Saylor are two that stand above the rest as the most accurate when it comes to depicting the relationships between black and white people in the early twentieth and late nineteenth centuries, but, again, both play a little loose with the facts.

Uhura :o)
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