BLACK HISTORY IN GOVERNMENT: Book Display in Browsing Area, 1st floor

For Black History Month ISU’s Library presents Black History in Government.

This display is meant to highlight key political figures in Black history and show the struggles in government from the past to present day. Some books on display cannot be taken out of the building/checked out but some can. Check display signage or ask at Circulation Desk.


Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre

In 1921, Greenwood, a thriving African American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was looted and 35 city blocks were burned. 800 people were treated for injuries and historians believe as many as 300 Blacks were killed. 100 years later, the descendants of survivors are still facing injustice.

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Lynch: The Facts of Reconstruction:

John R. Lynch was a member of the House of Representatives and served from 1873-1877 and again in 1881-1883. Here we have his writings pertaining to the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) of U.S. history.

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Public Papers of the Presidents: Barack Obama

Here are the Public Papers of Barack Obama during his first year as the first African American POTUS. There remaining volumes can be found in the Government Documents Section in the Lower Level.


Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinion and Reminiscences

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice from 1967-1991. This book contains many of his writings as a lawyer and a Justice.

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The 1619 Project:

This book illustrates how racism, stretching all the way back to 1619, is still evident even over 160 years after emancipation.

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The Negro in Indiana before 1900:

What was life like being Black in Indiana prior to 1900? Emma Lou Thornbrough uses historical data to illustrate that life still wasn’t easy for African Americans in an antislavery state. The various topics include involuntary servitude, population changes, Civil War years and political activity. Those are some, but not all, of the topics discussed. Note: Originally published: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Press, 1957.


Voter Suppression and Continuing Threats to Democracy

If you think voter suppression has been eliminated in the 21st century, think again. The Committee on the Judiciary met in 2022 to discuss how voter suppression, for African Americans and other minority communities, is STILL a threat to democracy.


Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee 1901-1915

Here is a biography of educator and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington.

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The Frederick Douglas Papers (1842-1852)

Correspondence to and from Frederick Douglas. 1842 was the year he became a permanent lecturer by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.

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