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Summary: For Life is a fictional serialised legal and family drama inspired by the life of Isaac Wright, Jr. about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him....

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV FOR

Alexander, Michelle

Summary: Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2020

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 364.973 ALE

Joyner, Chris

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Summary: The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson' is the story of Clarence Henderson, a wrongfully accused Black sharecropper who was sentenced to die three different times for a murder he didn't commit, and the prosecution desperate to pin the crime on him despite scant evidence. His first trial lasted only a day and featured a lackluster public defense. The book also tells the story of Homer...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Inc. 2022

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Blackmon, Douglas A.

Summary: A sobering account of a little-known crime against African Americans, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today. From the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II, under laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks, tens of thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Doubleday 2008

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Summary: Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Distribution 2012

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV SLA

Manuel, Ian

Summary: "The ... story of a fourteen-year-old sentenced to life in prison, of the extraordinary relationship that developed between him and the woman he shot, and of his release after twenty-six years of imprisonment through the efforts of ... legal activist Bryan Stevenson"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MANUEL, IAN MAN

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B MANUEL MAN

Hunter, Stephen

Summary: In 1951, the disappearance of Sam Vincent, who was investigating a prison for violent African American convicts in Thebes, Mississippi, draws Earl Swagger into a confrontation with a town guarded by a private army of brutal, Klan-type thugs and rednecks.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2001

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Alexander, Michelle.

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Summary: "As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: New Press 2010

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 364.973 ALE

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.973 ALE

Bass, S. Jonathan

Summary: "... reconstruction of the ... life of a wrongfully convicted man whose story becomes an historic portrait of the Jim Crow South"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Liveright Publishing Corporation 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 WASHINGTON, CALIPH BAS

Richardson, Sibil Fox

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Summary: Documents the fight of Sibil Fox Richardson, also known as Fox Rich, for the release of her husband from prison where he is serving a sixty-year sentence for robbery.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Distribution 2022

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Larson, Kirby

Summary: In 1940s New Orleans, Fish Elliot is a polio-survivor with a knack for inventing and building things, and his African American neighbor Olympia is a girl with a talent for messing things up, but they are united in an effort to save a starving stray dog they call Liberty--and when Liberty is caged by a nasty farmer, they find an unlikely ally in a German prisoner of war, Erich, who is not much...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC LAR

Summary: When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler escapes death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were just beginning. He is taken captive by the Vietnamese Army and is forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp. Dengler and a small band of his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape. Based on a true story.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [distributor] 2007

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Felton, Mark

Summary: In this little-known story from World War II, a group of American POW camp leaders risk everything to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a diabolical Nazi concentration camp.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Ikon Books. 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 940.53 FEL

Summary: Set in the Libyan Desert during World War II, British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up "The Hill," a manmade instrument of torture--a tower of sand seared by a white-hot sun. They are in this military prison because they once defied, rebelled and talked back to their superiors.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA HIL

Reardon, Ethan

Summary: The story of German Prisoners of War (POWs) is an often-overlooked part of the history of World War II in Michigan. German prisoners of war were kept in over thirty-two camps across both the Upper and Lower Peninsula for use as labor both in agriculture and factories.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Mission Point Press 0000

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 940.5472 REA

Jones, Amy Robin

Summary: A biography of the African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune, discussing her role in creating opportunities for African-Americans in education and government.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The Child's World 2021

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 BET

Sánchez, Erika L.

Summary: "Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta. Ese era el rol de su hermana Olga. Olga no fue a la universidad, se quedó en casa para cuidar a sus padres, limpiar la casa y trabajar a medio tiempo. Julia tiene grandes sueños y no quiere formar parte del camino de su hermana mayor. Pero un solo error, que ocurre mientras enviaba un mensaje de texto al mismo tiempo que cruzaba la calle más concurrida de...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Vintage Español 2018

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Hering, Marianne.

Summary: When the Imagination Station sends time-traveling cousins Patrick and Beth to a ship that is captured by the British during the Revolutionary War, they are befriended by James Forten, a free Black of Philadelphia, and help save the life of an imprisoned boy dying of scurvy. Includes a secret word puzzle.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2014

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J Fiction Hering

Summary: James Gregory is a racist South African guard whose certainties of life are shaken to the core. During a twenty year span, James spent his time as Nelson Mandela's prison warden. Shows the daily application of a major historic abonimation, known as Apartheid, as seen through the eyes of the average White South African. These are 'ordinary' people who are neither heroes nor villains, but obtuse...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Image Entertainment 2008

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA COL

Summary: Growing up in post-WWII Germany, the son of a Nazi slain during the war, Dieter Dengler dreamed about becoming a pilot. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States and worked odd jobs until he was accepted into the Navy and began pilot training. He was sent to Vietnam around 1966 and on his first mission was shot down and taken prisoner. There, the Vietcong tortured him until Dengler engineered...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion 2001

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC LIT

Handy, Edward A.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hyperion 2004

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 940.54 HAN

Clark, Alexis

Summary: "The love story of Elinor Powell, an African American army nurse, and Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war. The two met when black army nurses were put in regular contact with German POWs who were detained in the United States during World War II, an unlikely and little-discussed circumstance during one of the most documented periods in history"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 Clark 2018

Thomas, Angie.

Summary: Maverick feels strongly about family ties, making choices he feels necessary to help support his mom while his King father serves time, and leave him literally holding his son in a doctor's waiting room after he gets paternity test results back and his babymomma ghosts. Now the child he's raising is impacting the lives of his family and his girlfriend, and the gang life he led to support them...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company 2021

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1 available in Young Adult Fiction, Call number: YA FIC THO

Summary: Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community. Examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from producing cheap calories while healthy options remain expensive and hard to find.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS 2013

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV SOU

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