Book Reviews: Civil Rights and American History

Plus, Slavery in the Ancient World, Mandela Fighitng Apartheid in South Africa

These quick book reviews include links to our YouTube videos and blogs on Civil Rights and American History topics, plus related topics.

These topics include:

  • Slavery in America.
  • Civil War History.
  • Reconstruction Era, Redemption and Jim Crow Era.
  • Civil Rights History, and American History.
  • Slavery in the Ancient World, including Greece, Rome, and ancient Israel.
  • Nelson Mandela fighting Apartheid in South Africa.

Notice: Many older works can be found for free on the internet.

Souls of Black Folk, by WEB Dubois

WEB Dubois can be a very flowery writer, like he fashions himself a modern-day Homer, but he can also turn some rather memorable phrases, and he is always fun to read.

Our first video and blog discuss his essays on:

  • His agreements and disagreements with Booker T Washington on how blacks should seek their civil rights.
  • His experiences as a young teacher in the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era Deep South.
  • His experiences as a young father with his firstborn son.
  • The educational opportunities at black schools and colleges.

Our blog:

Our YouTube Video:


FUTURE PLANS: During July, 2021, we will be adding book reviews for:

Up From Slavery, autobiography by Booker T Washington

Black Reconstruction, by WEB Dubois

From Slave to Priest, biography of Father Augustine Tolton

The Life of Frederick Douglass, slave autobiography

Second Founding, by Eric Foner

Long Walk to Freedom, autobiography by Nelson Mandela

Books read for: Slavery in Ancient Rome and Greece, Slavery in Bible, Stoics, and Church Fathers

About Bruce Strom 185 Articles
I was born and baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran. I made the mistake of reading works written by Luther, he has a bad habit of writing seemingly brilliant theology, but then every few pages he stops and calls the Pope often very vulgar names, what sort of Christian does that? Currently I am a seeker, studying church history and the writings of the Church Fathers. I am involved in the Catholic divorce ministries in our diocese, and have finished the diocese two-year Catholic Lay Ministry program. Also I took a year of Orthodox off-campus seminary courses. This blog explores the beauty of the Early Church and the writings and history of the Church through the centuries. I am a member of a faith community, for as St Augustine notes in his Confessions, you cannot truly be a Christian unless you worship God in the walls of the Church, unless persecution prevents this. This blog is non-polemical, so I really would rather not reveal my denomination here.

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