Thanks. I'll keep it in mind for another semester. Our union rep emailed everyone about selecting texts early enough for students to find them through channels less expensive than the bookstore. Today's prices are hair-raising, to say the least.
I decided immediately to use Frederick Douglass' autobiography on the suggestion of JoefromChicago. I liked the fact that it was available on line as well as the information Douglass presents on mid-19th C America and on slavery.
I try to find a mix of authors from different time periods, in order to present the perspectives of many people. While no one is complaining about dead-white-European males any more, I want my students to see something of the past in order to avoid repeating its sins and to know what the foundations of our present society are as well as the best of the present.