Whistling Vivaldi


Claude Steele

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John Henry

John Henry was a legendary African American folk hero. The historical accuracy of his life (and whether he existed at all) is debatable, but according to legend he was a railway worker renowned for his…

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The Swimming Pool

Claude Steele begins the book by describing the day he first “realized” that he was black. In the 1950s, when Steele was a child, Chicago was a heavily segregated city, and one summer’s day, Steele…

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