Jan R. Carew

Jan R. Carew

Biography - Carew, Jan Rynveld
   (Sept. 24, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2012)

Black Midas
The Wild Coast (Peepal Tree Press,
   Caribbean Modern Classics)
The Guyanese Wanderer
   (Sarabande Books)
Rape of Paradise: Columbus and the Birth of
   Racism in the Americas (Seaburn Books)


Further reading by Jan R. Carew:

A Touch of Midas
Children of the Sun (with
   Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon)
Fulcrums of Change: The Origins of Racism in the
   Americas and Other Essays
Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa,
   England and the Caribbean
Granada: The Hour Will Strike Again
Green Winter
Moscow is Not my Mecca
   (Moskau ist nicht mein Mekka)
The Coming of Amalivaca
The Last Barbarian
The Sisters and Manco's Stories
The Third Gift (with Leo Dillon and
   Diane Dillon)
Wilde Kuste (Wild Coast)

Joy Gleason Carew

Joy Gleason Carew

Blacks, Reds and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise

One of the most compelling, yet little known stories of race relations in the twentieth century is the account of blacks who chose to leave the United States to be involved in the Soviet Experiment in the 1920s and 1930s. Frustrated by the limitations imposed by racism in their home country, African Americans were lured by the promise of opportunity abroad. A number of them settled there, raised families, and became integrated into society. The Soviet economy likewise reaped enormous benefits from the talent and expertise that these individuals brought, and the all around success story became a platform for political leaders to boast their party goals of creating a society where all members were equal.

In Blacks, Reds, and Russians, Joy Gleason Carew offers insight into the political strategies that often underlie relationships between different peoples and countries. She draws on the autobiographies of key sojourners, including Harry Haywood and Robert Robinson, in addition to the writings of Claude McKay, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes. Interviews with the descendents of figures such as Paul Robeson and Oliver Golden offer rare personal insights into the story of a group of emigrants who, confronted by the daunting challenges of making a life for themselves in a racist United States, found unprecedented opportunities in communist Russia.

Hardcover (2008) - 296 pages
Paperback (2011) -304 pages
(Rutgers University Press)

William Loren Katz

William Loren Katz

The expanded and updated edition of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage brings the Native American and African American alliance that for four centuries challenged the European conquest and slavery into the 21st century with additional research and documentary and photographic evidence. The new edition reveals the story of the African guides and translators of the colonial era who became valued contacts with Indigenous peoples, examines the African and Indian alliance known as the Pueblo revolt of 1680 that ended Spain’s rule of the southwest for a dozen years, introduces Francisco Menendez and the 1738 Black Indian community that defended its liberty in Florida against British incursions, and much more.


Marjorie Fisher (Editor)

Marjorie Fisher (Editor)

Peter Lacovara (Editor),
Sue D'Auria (Editor),
Salima Ikram (Editor),
Chester Higgins (Photographer)


For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemetaries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia's remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land.

This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.


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