My Face Is Black Is True

My Face Is Black Is True

Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-slave Reparations

Paperback - 2006
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Acclaimed historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the remarkable story of ex-slave Callie House who, seventy years before the civil-rights movement, demanded reparations for ex-slaves. A widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five, House (1861-1928) went on to fight for African American pensions based on those offered to Union soldiers, brilliantly targeting $68 million in taxes on seized rebel cotton and demanding it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor. Here is the fascinating story of a forgotten civil rights crusader: a woman who emerges as a courageous pioneering activist, a forerunner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307277053
0307277054
Branch Call Number: B HOUSE CALLIE
Characteristics: xiv, 314 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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