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50 Most Influential Black Films

The 50 Most Influential Black Films

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The 50 Most Influential Black Films is an introspective study of the black image in motion pictures from the late-19th century through the 20th century. Its chapters are organized by decades, starting with silent films and continuing through independent films of the 1990s. Each chapter begins with...Read More
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Brown Gold

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Brown Gold traces the development of African American children’s literature from the 1870s to the 2000s. The book includes literary criticism and pedagogy, as well as literary history and cultural analysis. The author discusses the use and impact of racial terms such as Afro, Negro, African...Read More
Dineh Bizad, Navajo, his Language title page

Dineh Bizad, Navaho, His Language

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This small 4 x 6 inch handbook written by Presbyterian missionary Frederick G Mitchel is  “ . .  the fruit of a sincere desire to help those who seek a working knowledge of the Navaho language.”   It includes an alphabet with English sound words, conjugated verbs, an English-...Read More
Family education and government- a discourse in the Choctaw language.

Family Education and Government

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North American Indian languages have been a strong research interest at the Smithsonian Institution virtually since its founding.  SI Libraries holds about 20 published texts in Choctaw – primarily grammars, glossaries, and translations of the Bible. This work is particularly interesting in...Read More
Cover of The Great Chili Confrontation by H. Allen Smith

The Great Chili Confrontation

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Before cooking competitions on reality TV, a 1967 throwdown chili cookoff, commemorated in The Great Chili Confrontation, rocked the state of Texas and led to today’s World Chili Champion Cookoff (WCCC). When humorist H. Allen Smith wrote “Nobody Knows More About Chili Than I Do” in Holiday...Read More
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Less Than Nothing

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“Is somnia a chronic condition with you?” Early in his career American author E. B. White (1899-1985), now best known for Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, wrote his first book anonymously for The New Yorker magazine just two years after its founding. Published as a giveaway to subscribers and...Read More
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Lorenzo Dow Turner

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This fascinating biography of celebrated linguist, Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner (1890-1972), appropriately written by a linguistics professor, features eight plates of black and white photos of Dr. Turner and his family from different stages of his life. The author, Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis, was Director...Read More
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Le Micromegas

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This very rare copy of the second edition from 1752 was once owned by rocket scientist Frederick Ordway III, spaceflight visionary and consultant on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this work of fiction by Voltaire is a work akin to Gulliver's Travels, but set in outer space. In this...Read More
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New Year Be Coming!

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This children's book is filled with colorful art on every page by artist Daniel Minter. The book consists of 12 short poems, each poem named after a month of the year. The author, Katharine Boling, grew up in the Gullah region of South Carolina, an area on the coast populated with descendants of...Read More
Nvgvmouinvn gevnvngvmouat igiu anishinabeg anvmiajig.

Nvgvmouinvn Genvnvgvmouat Igiu Anishinabeg Anvmiajig

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Smithsonian Libraries has a premiere collection of published works on Native American languages.  As Christian missionaries were often the first to make extended contact with native cultures and to devise a written alphabet for the native languages, many of the earliest works take the...Read More

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