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HIST 2163: African American Women's History Since 1877

Rare Books in the Archives

Behind the scenes: or, Thirty years a slave, and four years int he White House by Elizabeth Keckley- This memoir charts Keckley's experience of purchasing her freedom and working as the seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln. 

An autobiography, the story of the Lord's dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the colored evangelist by Amanda Smith- Smith was a formerly enslaved woman from Baltimore who became known for her devout nature. This book serves as an autobiography but also as a travel book of her missionary work throughout India and Africa. 

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston-Neale Hurston's autobiography focuses on the beginnings of her childhood in Eatonville, Florida, the site of the first attempt at African-American self-government began. 

Mamba's Daughters by DuBose Heyward-This play was set in Charleston and follows three families during the early 20th century. The book was later adapted into a successful Broadway play.