Issue 6: Winter 2001 page 7

Tredegar Bookstore Expands Selection on African American Subjects

The Tredegar Shop and Bookstore has expanded its selection of books and videos dealing with black life before, during and after the Civil War. Operated by Eastern National, the store previously stocked a number of titles concerning the efforts and bravery of black soldiers, but now includes items relating to slavery and Reconstruction experiences as well. Thus, a broader expression of the war's impact on 19th-century life is available.

Two multi-volume oral history collections provide a vivid glimpse into former slaves' lives, by way of interviews transcribed during the Great Depression by the Federal Writers' Project. The books deal with a variety of issues, including plantation life, slave auctions, and hardships of the immediate post-war period. These series are sold by individual volume. Black Voices from Reconstruction, edited by John D. Smith, contains period writings of the newly free. John Hope Franklin's 1961 study, Reconstruction after the Civil War, also is available.

The store's shelves reflect the rising number of black military studies. Dudley Cornish's The Sable Arm and Noah Andre Trudeau's Like Men of War remain popular, alongside titles new to the store, such as Joseph Glathaar's Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers and Russell Duncan's Where Death and Glory Meet, a history of the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry.

Videos available include the 1989 film, Glory, a documentary on black Richmond-area Medal of Honor recipients entitled The Forgotten Fourteen, and the History Channel's Underground Railroad.

The Tredegar Shop and Bookstore is open daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information on these or other titles, please call (804)771-2035.

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