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#CharlestonSyllabus Research Guide

A curated guide on racial violence and race relations in the US based on readings compiled by African-American scholars following the devastating events of June 2015 in Charleston, SC.

General Overviews

Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery (1901)

W. E. B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction (1935)

Hortense Powdermaker, After Freedom: A Cultural Study in the Deep South (1939)

Leon Litwack, Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery (1979)

George Rable, But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction (1984)

Michael P. Johnson and James Roark, Free Family of Color in the Old South  (1984)

James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988)

Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (1988)

Ira Berlin, Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (1992)

Elsa Barkley, “Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom,” Public Culture 7 (1994): 107-146.

Tera W. Hunter, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War (1997)

Martha Hodes, White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-century South (1997)

Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1998)

David Blight, Race and Reunion: the Civil War in American Memory (2001)

Charles Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (2001)

Alfred Brophy, Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation (2003)

Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name (2008)

Carole Emberton, Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, & American South after Civil War (2009)

Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (2010)

Doug Egerton, The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era (2013)

The Southern Cross: The Story of the Confederacy's First Battleflag