What are the best biography or autobiography books about an African-American?

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    #1Meet Me at the Theresa

    Meet Me at the Theresa

    Meet Me at the Theresa: The Story of Harlem's Most Famous Hotel is a nonfiction book written by Sondra Kathryn Wilson. This book highlights the famous hotel in New York. This was originally published in 2004.


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    Nathan Baker
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Wilson captures the essence of Harlem culture, and by extension, African American in her book, Meet Me at the Theresa. Wilson regales her readers with tales of those goings on at the famous Harlem hotel in it's hey day back in the 1940's and 1950's. I, would have liked to see explore more of the hotels fate in the '60's during its last years."
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    #2My Father's Name

    My Father's Name

    My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War is a nonfiction book about the Civil war written by Lawrence P. Jackson. This was originally published in 2012.


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    Larry Lawrence
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "African Americans have given our country so much over the years. In this moving memoir, Lawrence Jackson takes us on a soul-searching ride through his true biographical history of his black ancestral roots. He's a black man living today who wants to know more about his origins and of course we go along for the ride back to slavery times where his ancestors lived. I was gripped from the start by the topic and even moreso by Jackson's riveting writing style. I felt like we were time-travelling backwards in history and re-living slavery times. What was truly fascinating to me was that it was all real too. I think you'd enjoy it too if you like real history told in a raw way."
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    #3Fleeing for Freedom

    Fleeing for Freedom

    Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad as Told by Levi Coffin and William Still is a nonfiction book edited by George Hendrick. In this book, the author shares series of events about the escaped slaves who wanted freedom.


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    Janet Castillo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a facinating and well-written piece of history. However, this book is not a biography book about a person."
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    #4Death of Innocence

    Death of Innocence

    Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America is an African-American memoir written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson. This nonfiction book was originally published in 2003.


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    Ruth Taylor
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I just finished reading Death of Innocence and I think it's one of the best biography books about an African-American that I have ever read. It's both sad and inspiring at the same time. Everyone should read this book!"
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    #5I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey is the 14th in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes series written by Langston Hughes with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad. This book is about the life of the author in the 1930s.


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    Miguel Ángel Saldaña
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "What a wonderful literary work of art. This was a pleasure to take in, and really puts you right there in the midst of his travels and experiences. Like sitting down and reminiscing with an old pal."
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    #6In Search of the Promised Land

    In Search of the Promised Land

    In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South is a nonfiction history book written by John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger. This was originally published in 2005.


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    Philip Howard
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This seems to be a family bio which may in fact give a cross section of different African-American experiences which would be unlike Twelve Years a Slave. Yet this sounds to be about an unusual family that navigated the slave terrors much more successfully than the everyman experience. I would look for something else. But I'll bet this is a most intersting read."
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    #712 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave
    The book that inspired the popular film is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York after the civil war. He was having a great and wealthy life until he got kidnapped and sold as a slave. Solomon uses this book to share its own adventures, giving detailed information about what he had to do and how he maintained his dignity during the 12 years he was forced to do everything. 


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    Kyle Sullivan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you've seen the movie, or heard the name at all (and it's hard to imagine you haven't), then pick this up and read through the book that told the story retold in the film. You'll come to understand why the atmosphere in pre-Civil War era United States was an extremely dangerous and brutal one for all African-Americans, freemen/freedmen or not, North or South. An atmosphere that no matter your status in so-called "free states," you could at any time be kidnapped, mistakenly identified as a fugitive slave or ramrodded through the courts and forced into bondage."
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    #8Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South is a memoir written by Anne Moody. This autobiography about civil rights was originally published in 1968.


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    Sharon Cooper
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a stark tale of life as an African American growing up in rural Mississippi in the 60's. It is a good look at the time period and a way to see how far we've come."
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    #9Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas

    Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas

    Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas is a biography book about a writer named Henry Dumas which is written by Jeffrey B. Leak. This nonfiction book was originally published in 2014.


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    Guillermo Mata
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is a beautifully written biography of African American poet. Highly match with this topic. This is a good solution."
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    #10The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough

    The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough

    The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship is part of the African American Life series. This biography is written by William Sanders Scarborough and edited by Michele Valerie Ronnick.


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    Bryan Medina
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I found this book an excellent historical and telling and found it to be well written and an excellent account of slavery it's history and the persons life. Highly recommend to all."


Best What are the best biography or autobiography books about an African-American
1Meet Me at the TheresaBooks 37 Paid
2My Father's NameBooks 32 Paid
3Fleeing for FreedomBooks 31 Paid
4Death of InnocenceBooks 28 Paid
5I Wonder as I WanderBooks 27 Paid
6In Search of the Promised LandBooks 24 Paid
712 Years a SlaveBooks 22 Paid
8Coming of Age in MississippiBooks 21 Paid
9Visible Man: The Life of Henry DumasBooks 19 Paid
10The Autobiography of William Sanders ScarboroughBooks 18 Paid

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