We are proud to introduce our 1776 Unites Library, stocked with seminal books that influenced the thinking of our founder, Scholars, Achievers and team! These works cover a broad variety of subjects from historical and autobiographical, to contemporary looks at key subjects — often with perspectives you will not find elsewhere.
Please hover over titles to read our descriptions of them before clicking to check out more on Amazon. Books marked with a quill in the top right are those authored by our founder, Scholars or Achievers, and are worth your attention!
Thank you for being here and helping share in our journey to build a culture of resilience and embrace of American values within every community in our country! And, for those planning — these books make great holiday gifts for your loved ones!
Lessons From the Least of These
Lessons From the Lease of These: The Woodson Principles
The forthcoming authoritative work from poverty-reduction luminary Bob Woodson (founder of the Woodson Center and 1776 Unites), this work consolidates years of wisdom from working in America's toughest areas to relieve issues of poverty, economic mobility, hopelessness and strife. Woodson's approach is always solution-oriented and based in reality, and he combines philosophy and action in this must-read. The book will be shipped on December 15th -- but your pre-purchase will make it a best-seller!
Please Stop Helping Us
Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black "underclass" not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries? Wall Street Journal writer Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back, and have been doing so for decades. From minimum wage laws to affirmative action, well-intentioned policy has wreaked havoc on vulnerable black communities.
American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time
Triumphs of Joseph
The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today's Community Healers are Reviving our Streets and Neighborhoods
An essential read from our Founder, Bob Woodson, which draws upon the stirring Biblical story of Joseph and Pharaoh to explore how today's grassroots leaders -- all across the country -- are toiling, silently and against the "Pharaoh's Court" of government ineptitude and bureaucracy, the Civil Rights industry, and the tyranny of low expectations to improve their communities.
How The Other Half Learns
Suicide of the West
Losing the Race
Up from Slavery
Dust on a Road
Dust on a Road: A Memoir
A classic memoir from a Black American iconoclast. Anthropologist, folklorist, novelist and essayist Zora Neale Hurston tells her story from rural Florida to Howard University and her early work as a writer and scholar.
How Innovation Works
Seeing Like a State
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
Why do well-meaning schemes for improving the human condition fail? In his book Seeing Like a State, James C. Scott examines grand utopian plans that tragically misfired, such as the “Great Leap Forward” in China, collectivization in Russia, and Le Corbusier’s urban planning theory actualized in Brasilia, among others. Scott dissects the four conditions common to all authoritarian state planning fiascoes in this fascinating read that is all too pertinent to the modern welfare state.
My Grandfather's Son
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
In his striking autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recounts his extraordinary journey from an impoverished, broken home in the segregated South to a seat on the nation’s highest court. Authentic and uncompromising, Thomas delves into the adversity and injustices he’s overcome, including his path as a native Gullah speaker breaking into the mainstream in America.
The Future Once Happened Here
The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities
In this eye-opening look at racial politics and unflinching indictment of urban America’s decline, Fred Siegel portrays the stark realities of three major American cities—New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC—in The Future Once Happened Here. Siegel argues that free market forces were undermined and a culture of dependency created, to the detriment of "best laid plans." Siegel’s arguments may fall short for some, but there is plenty to weigh and consider in this study of a complex story of urban decline in modern-day America.
The Content of our Character
Be the People
We Have Overcome
Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans
The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty is Wrong
“They never ask me what I’m good at.” Those words from Mauricio Miller’s mother—referring to all the professional “helpers” she interacted with— showed him why both public and private anti-poverty programs fail: they focus on people’s weaknesses and failures instead of their talents and aspirations. Miller established an entirely different—and extremely successful—approach, investing in people’s ambitions and demonstrated strengths and treating them as contributors rather than passive recipients of charity.
You Need a Schoolhouse
You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South
Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, first met in 1911 at a Chicago luncheon. By charting the lives of these two men both before and after the meeting, Stephanie Deutsch offers a fascinating glimpse into the partnership that would bring thousands of modern schoolhouses to African American communities in the rural South in the era leading up to the civil rights movement.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
What is the truth of what's happening in our urban combat zones today in America? Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy goes in-depth into South Central LA and concludes that in reality, communities need more law enforcement, not less -- specifically of violent crimes. A must-read for those interested in criminal justice issues.
Black Rednecks and White Liberals
Black Rednecks & White Liberals
In his provocative and eye-opening book Black Rednecks and White Liberals, conservative intellectual giant Thomas Sowell dismantles long-prevailing assumptions about blacks and slavery, Jews and Nazi Germany, and education and achievement. Sowell offers a deeply researched, thought-provoking exploration of various facets of race and culture, dispelling cliches and questioning beliefs in this unabashedly candid and insightful treatise that shows how white liberals attempt to turn "dysfunctional black redneck culture" into an immutable symbol of racial identity.
Charter Schools and their Enemies
Charter Schools and their Enemies
In Charter Schools and their Enemies, leading conservative Thomas Sowell makes a convincing case for why charter schools offer better educational outcomes for students than conventional public schools. Sowell takes on the teachers’ unions, liberal educators, and elected officials who insist on the status quo and seek to quash the growth and success of charter schools in the U.S.
The Coddling of the American Mind
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
A must-read warning to American parents, educators and academics from two professors on the learned fragility and helplessness of an entire generation of American students. If our future leaders are not equipped to handle conversations around difficult subjects -- how can they tackle our problems?
Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America
A poignant examination of the dignity, striving, and resilience that define the people in America’s “Back Row.” Author Chris Arnade takes the reader on a cross-country journey to explore those left behind. From drug dens and homeless tent camps to the corner McDonald’s, Arnade reveals hidden-in-plain-sight stories that cut across lines of race, ethnicity, and religion. Along the way, he exposes the "Front Row" elites who mock the Back Row’s life choices and values.
My Bondage and My Freedom
Harlem's Hell Fighters
The Triple Package
The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America
Why are some groups so disproportionately successful in America, despite facing economic, cultural, and language barriers? Amy Chua (of Tiger Mother infamy) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld argue that high-performing groups teach their children impulse control, a sense of specialness or superiority, coupled with an insecure need to prove themselves to the wider world. Their argument—and the evidence they use to support it—flies in the face of popular American beliefs about equality and self-esteem.
Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution by Elizabeth Lasch-Quinn
First published almost a decade ago, this early analysis of racial "sensitivity" programs has received new attention since the protests of 2020. Author Elizabeth Lasch-Quinn, Professor of History at Syracuse University, examines the role of questionable therapeutic practices and New Age beliefs in undermining the "color blind" ideal of the early civil rights movement and giving rise to contemporary diveristy, equity and inclusion traning.