Have you read “All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw”? It's an oral history of an illiterate black Alabama sharecropper, published in 1974 to euphoric reviews. But a lot of today's readers have never heard of it. GOOD STUFF, kids! LInk goes to a retrospective in the New York Times.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance."