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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Frances Berry Narrator: Sharon Washington Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781440703010
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In this groundbreaking book, award-winning civil rights advocate Mary Frances Berry sheds new light on the fight for reparations. 

Callie House, an ex-slave who led the fight, founded the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty, and Pension Association in 1899. Defying conventions of race, class, and gender, Callie led the organization in an attempt to petition the government for the pension promised them as freedmen.

Here is the fascinating story of a forgotten civil rights crusader: a woman who emerges as a courageous pioneering activist and a forerunner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An essential chapter in American history from a distinguished historian. Mary Frances Berry captures the logic of reparations for slavery, especially when the people who had actually been enslaved advanced it.”

    Nell Painter, author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

  • “Fascinating…Berry has brought this leader from obscurity and given her cause the recognition it deserves. No one can fully understand the history of the reparations movement without reading this book.”

    The Washington Post Book World

  • “A treat for history lovers…[Berry] paints a vivid picture of the reparations struggle in an era when 2 millions ex-slaves were still alive…Eye-opening, well-crafted.”

    The Plain Dealer

  • “Callie House and her historic role deserve to be brought out of the shadows, and Berry achieves that superbly. Students and scholars of African-American history, as well as those engaged in the current reparations debates, will be deeply informed by the rise and fall of the Ex-Slave Association.” 

    Publishers Weekly
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About the Author

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of ten books, including Power in Words, And Justice for All, and My Face Is Black Is True. She was a member of the US Commission on Civil Rights for more than 20 years and has received 35 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards, including the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Award and the Rosa parks Awards of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 

About the Narrator

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “Sensational … A breakout … Ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.