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Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Vol. 2
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written by Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895; produced by Philip Sheldon Foner, 1910-1994 (Folkways Records, 1966), 53 mins

Ossie Davis reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, edited by Dr. Philip Foner, which traces the abolitionist and statesman’s life from early childhood through to his significant political accomplishments. This second volume begins with Douglass’ editorial leadership at the anti-slavery newspaper T...

written by Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895; produced by Philip Sheldon Foner, 1910-1994 (Folkways Records, 1966), 53 mins
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Bukowski: Reads His Poetry
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performed by Charles Bukowski, 1920-1994 (Takoma, 2004), 41 mins, 15 page(s)
There's a major strike against this recording of a September 14, 1972, reading in San Francisco that has nothing to do with the performance or the contents of the readings: the fidelity is poor, sounding as if it was made on a cheap portable tape player from the audience. That makes this more of archival historica...
performed by Charles Bukowski, 1920-1994 (Takoma, 2004), 41 mins, 15 page(s)
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(Folkways Records, 1976), 16 mins
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Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day
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written by Nikki Giovanni, 1943- (Folkways Records, 1978), 43 mins

Rarely does the truth seem so comforting as when Giovanni shares her candid observations about the struggles of the African-American woman in the 1970s. In this collection of poems, the poet’s human flaws are endearing, her sadness is enlightening and her loneliness speaks for an entire community.

written by Nikki Giovanni, 1943- (Folkways Records, 1978), 43 mins
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(Folkways Records, 1959), 16 mins
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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems of Langston Hughes
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written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1955), 26 mins

You remember the counsel: "Hold fast to dreams—for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly..." Langston Hughes reads and comments on some of his most evocative poems about dreams, sailing away to new places and aging through life’s pleasures and obstacles.

written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1955), 26 mins
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Every Tone a Testimony
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produced by Robert H. Catalotti, 1955- (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2001), 2 hours 31 mins
This double CD draws upon the collection at the Smithsonian Folkways archive to create a history of African American life and culture in sound—an aural history. Encompassing both the African American oral and literary traditions, these 59 tracks feature an unparalleled assembly of voices in music, oratory, poetr...
produced by Robert H. Catalotti, 1955- (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2001), 2 hours 31 mins
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From the Cold Jaws of Prison
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(Folkways Records, 1971), 41 mins

"What you will hear on this recording is a cry of a people for justice and human dignity. You don’t know what freedom is unless you’ve experienced the chains from which to break free." The poems and music presented on this album were written and compiled by African-American inmates and ex-inmates of three pr...

(Folkways Records, 1971), 41 mins
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(Folkways Records, 1962), 40 mins
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It's Story Telling Time
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(Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins

Linda Goss, award-winning "Traveling Storyteller," gathers kids around her for stories about a mischievous monkey who’s ready to start some trouble with a mango, a buzzard who tricks everyone on the mountain (except for the monkey) and a food fight between Brother Bear, Brother Fox and Brother Rabbit. Along thi...

(Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins
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