Publication Date: January 24, 2017
The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is the nineteenth-century account of the life of Austin Reed, a free, black man born in 1823 who spent his life between hard labor, indentured servitude and incarceration at America’s first industrial prison. The recently discovered manuscript written when Reed was still in prison was authenticated by Yale scholar, Caleb Smith and includes letters written by Reed later in his life.
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Publication Date: July 8, 2008
Over the years, Karen Tintori got hints of matters that no one in the family would talk about. When the sister became the “one they got rid of” as a result of her aunt’s slip of the tongue, Tintori felt compelled to pursue the secret that her family had kept for many years. The author takes the reader on the process from innocent genealogy research to a deep secret uncovered.
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If you are looking for books dealing with human rights, check out those that have been reviewed on this homepage. Our main post with an overview of books and movies were reviewed for human rights day 2016 will be published later. At the moment, enjoy the Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016 and make sure to visit this site later.
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips
Genre: nonfiction, human rights, political science, African-American studies
In 1906, a white woman was brutally raped in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ed Johnson, a black man, was working at his restaurant job when the attack happened but was arrested and charged with the crime. When his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and that stay was granted, local folks, led by officials, took the law into their own hands. In a history-changing move, the lynch mob faced federal legal repercussions. Ed Johnson cleared of the rape charges 100 years later. You can read the review of a “Contempt of Court” here.
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Movie Released: December 10, 1965 | DVD Release Date: November 26, 2014
Gordon (Sidney Poitier), a black man, and Selina (Elizabeth Hartman), a blind, white teenager, fall in love in the racially charged 1960s.
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Publication Date: March 12, 1987
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) was written by the Italian playwright, Dario Fo, following the events that took place in Italy, in the late 1960s. Fo is one of Italy’s most important and well-known literary writers who is famous for employing satire and popular elements within his work. His writings deal with Italian politics and his work is able to attract people from all walks of life.
The book was released in 1970 and the play was first performed in Milan in December of the same year. In 1984, it was staged on Broadway and became Fo’s most popular work inside and outside of Italy. For theater directors, this has been the play of choice when it comes to dealing with corruption.
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Movie Released: October 16, 2015 | DVD Release Date: October 6, 2016
Tab Hunter’s Hollywood star was on the rise in the 1950s. He was the unstoppable “it boy” with golden hair and a compelling smile. His meteoric rise hinged on keeping the secret of his sexuality. In a tell-all documentary, we get a glimpse of one actor closeted in the public eye and his path to being out and living life.
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DVD Release Date: October 7, 2014
With the upcoming human rights day (December 10, 2016), we will be reviewing several fiction and nonfiction books and movies. We believe, it is more important than ever to take the time to reflect on our past. We achieved a lot, but we still have a long way to go. This is the first review in a series of books and movies regarding the event. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, please visit this site regularly in the upcoming days for more reviews.
This is an inside look into what it means to be George Takei. From early life in an American internment camp to his marriage to his husband Brad Altman in 2008, Takei gives unfettered access to what makes an icon tick.
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Publication Date: July 28, 2013
1963 was a key year in the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Williams highlights events and personalities of the day that may not have seemed connected in his book but contributed to the advance toward equality.
Continue reading 1963: Year of Hope and Hostility by Reverend Byron Williams