• Jumel Terrace Books

    Revolutionary & Colonial Washington Heights, Harlem, Africa, West Indies, Art, Myth, History & Literature: Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Theology, Military, Labor, Civil Rights, Negritude, Black Power.

"An Oasis for the Unrestrained Pursuit of Knowledge"
*************And a "Nugget" in the Rubbish*************

Uptown's only bookshop specializing in local history, African & American. The shop on 160th Street, open by appointment or serendipity, faces the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the headquarters of George Washington during 1776’s Battle of Harlem Heights, & our stock addresses its significance in 18th & 20th century Revolutionary American history.

As Sugar Hill, the neighborhood has retained its reputation as the intellectual & artistic home of Black America. Jumel Terrace Books follows in the tradition of bookstores serving the community since George Young’s Book Exchange opened in 1920. Before Black Studies entered college curriculums in 1968, shops like Lewis Micheaux’s House of Common Sense & Home of Proper Propaganda & Richard B Moore’s Frederick Douglass Book Center were important sources of education, aspiration & inspiration. As did our predecessors, we buy & sell very good books on our subjects.

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Art in Transit

In 1983, most New Yorkers didn’t know who Keith was but they loved him.  When Art in Transit came out in ’84 they put it together.  Keith, Kwong, Dan Friedman and I edited down 5000 photos of the subway drawings and handed Harmony Books camera-ready mechanicals so they wouldn’t have to do anything and they didn’t.  […]

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Demons of Disorder

From Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World.  Dale Cockrell. Cambridge University Press, 1997. Dictionarriana ABSTRACT REASONING – Reasoning from principles, as distinguished from the ratiocination of weak minds, who can only reason directly from matters of fact. ACCOMPLISHMENT —  Any acquisition that improves the manners without necessarily strengthening the mind, which renders one […]