Ta-Nehisi Coates at NYPL

A few days ago, on Oct. 22, Ta-Nehisi Coates was the speaker at the Schomberg Center at the New York Public Library. The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture is an invaluable archive of African-American resources. Skillfully interviewed by Nikole Hannah Jones, herself a preeminent journalist, Ta-Nehisi Coates shared insight on race and culture, further exploring the powerful ideas in his book Between the World and Me as well as sharing crucial books in getting familiar with the African-American experience. This is the link to the livestream of this interview— http://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/TaNehisiCoates/videos/102624078, well-worth a listen.

Here is the list of the books (and video of the 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley) he mentioned in the interview.

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The Fire Next Time in Collected Essays by James Baldwin.

Published in 1963, it contains two essays: “My Dungeon Shook — Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,” and “Down At The Cross — Letter from a Region of My Mind.”xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own by David Carr.

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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist.

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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War by James McPherson.

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Damage done by a bomb. This bomb was thrown into a building at 3365 Indiana Avenue, occupied by Negroes. Image from The Negro in Chicago; a study of race relations and a race riot in 1919. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960 by Arnold R. Hirsch.

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Confederate States of America – Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union from Avalon Project, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. Image to accompany the digitized declaration.

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Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America by Beryl Satter.

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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination That Changed America by Wil Haygood.

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American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia by Edmund S. Morgan.

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When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings.

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Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings.

Coates said this book is “criminally underrated.”

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Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph.

This book is the only footnote in Between the World and Me.

Coates said it is “essential” reading.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates recommended the viewing of this powerful video of the 1965 historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”
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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in Amerian Life by Karen E. Fields and Barabara J. Fields
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(A more complete list of books recommended by Coates is at Goodreads.)
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