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New York, N.Y. St. Martin's Press, 2002. First Edition [stated]. Hardcover. xx, 284 pages. Includes Acknowledgments, Introduction, Prologue. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Sasha Abramsky (born 4 April 1972) is a British-born Jewish freelance journalist and author who now lives in the United States. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. He is a senior fellow at the American liberal think tank Demos, and a lecturer in the University of California, Davis's University Writing Program. He received a B.A. from Balliol College, Oxford in politics, philosophy and economics in 1993. He then traveled to the United States, where he earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2000, he received a Crime and Communities Media Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. This work weaves together the story of the growth of the American prison system over the past quarter century primarily through the story of Ochoa, a career criminal who grew up in the barrios of post-World War II Los Angeles. Ochoa, who had a long history of nonviolent crimes committed to fund his drug habit, and who cycled in and out of prison since the late 1960's, is a perfect example of how perennial misfits, rather than blood-soaked violent criminals, make up the majority of America's prisoners. Through the stories of Ochoa, Wilson, and others, the author explores in devastating detail how the public has been manipulated into supporting mass incarceration during a period when crime rates have been steadily falling.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1999. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. x, 694 pages. Family tree on endpapers. Illustrations. Maps. Plans, Notes. Index. DJ has slight wear, soiling and sticker residue. Adele Logan Alexander is an adjunct professor of history at George Washington University, where she has taught since 1983. She teaches the history of slavery, the civil rights movement, and African-American women. She has taught at Howard University, University of Maryland, and Trinity College. Her research focuses on the black Atlantic world, African-American history, and family history. She has written two books, Ambiguous Lives: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1789-1879, and Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926. The latter book won the non-fiction prize of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. In 2003 the African American Historical and Genealogical Society recognized her contributions to family history with an award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Third Printing. Hardcover. , 414 pages. Illustrations. Signed by the author on the title page. Kwame Alexander (born August 21, 1968) is an American writer of poetry and children's fiction. His verse novel The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." It was also selected as an Honor book for the Coretta Scott King Award. He also won a 2020 Newbery Honor for his illustrated poem The Undefeated. His picture book Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, was selected for the 2014 "Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book" program. This book, written in poetry, is a follow-up to the author's earlier book, The Crossover, a complex tale of the crossover from brash, vulnerable boy to young adult. For his earlier book, The Crossover, the author received the Newbery Medal,, the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the New York Public Library Best of 2014, and the Chicago Public Library Best of 2014, among many other awards.
Stone Mountain, GA: Your Family Research & Publishing, 2013. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xviii, 157,  pages. Illustrations. Bibliography. Signed by the author with sentiment on title page. Ink date on title page. Reverend Anderson's business card laid in. A native of Wilkes County, Georgia, Ed Anderson, Sr. was educated in the public schools of Wilkes County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, N.C. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He is a seminary graduate and an ordained Baptist minister. He recently retired after successfully serving as the first African American Municipal Court Judge in his ancestral home county – Wilkes County, Georgia and the Toombs Judicial Circuit. Ed Anderson, Sr. is the Founder of Anderson Ministries of Wilkes County and author of “Unsung Heroes of Wilkes County, Georgia”. and Fifty Years Later: The Class of 1964 of West Charlotte Senior High School.
Stone Mountain, GA: Your Family Research and Publishing, 2014. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xii, 74,  pages. Map on front cover. Illustrations. Signed by the author with sentiment on title page. Foreword by Rev. David Cornelius. Born in Hampton, VA and raised in Philadelphia, PA, G. Kathryn Anderson was educated within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, graduating from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1988, she graduated from DeKalb Community College with an Associate degree in Business Administration and later from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Organization Leadership. From the time of her childhood and as a teen in her all-girls Catholic High School in Philadelphia, she felt a call on her heart to serve overseas as a missionary. After several voluntary short-term missionary experiences in Liberia, Kenya, England, and Haiti, she completely submitted to God’s will and made herself available to serve.
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxxiv, 222 pages. Errata and Acknowledgments insert present. Illustrations. Timeline for Brown v. Board of Education. Transcript of the Brown v. Board Opinion. Notes. Contributors. Index. Introduction and Commentary by Tavis Smiley. This is one of the Landmarks in Civil Rights History series. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Smiley was honored with the NAACP Image Award for best news, talk, or information series for three consecutive years (1997–99) for his work on BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley. Smiley's advocacy efforts have earned him numerous awards and recognition including the recipient of the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Minorities in Communications.
The Easton Press, 2015. Signed Collector's Edition. Leather bound and boxed. , 281,  pages. Boxed, With Certificate of Authenticity laid in, signed by Maya Angelou and witnessed by Mildred Garris on 2/16/99. Also signed by Roy S. Pfeil, Publisher. Signed on a special signature page by Maya Angelou with the sentiment Joy!. Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult. She was an actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family and travel.