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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

W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1974)

Nell Irvin Painter, Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction (1977)

Wilson Jeremiah Moses, The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925 (1978)

Howard N. Rabinowitz, Race Relations in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (1978)

Neil R. McMillen, Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow (1989)

Robin D. G. Kelley, “We Are Not What We Seem: Rethinking Black Working-Class Opposition in the Jim Crow South,” Journal of American History (1993): 75-112

Glenda Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (1996)

Leon F. Litwack, Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (1998)

Grace Elizabeth Hale, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (1998)

Deborah Gray White, Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 (1999)

Nell Irvin Painter, Southern History across the Color Line (2002)

Manning Marable, The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life (2002)

Michele Mitchell, Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction (2004)

James W. Loewen, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (2005)

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (2005)

James C. Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (2005)

Mark Smith, How Race is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the Senses (2006)

Bruce E. Baker, What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South (2007)

Kate Dossett, Bridging Race Divides: Black Nationalism, Feminism and Integration, 1896-1935 (2008)

Blair L. M. Kelley, Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African-American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson (2010)

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2010)

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2011)

Andrew W. Kahrl, The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (2012)

White Supremacy in the US & Abroad

Note: See the AAIHS’s Bibliography on Black Internationalism and RacismReview’s Bibliography on White Supremacy

Reg Austin, Racism and Apartheid in Southern Africa (1975)

George M. Frederickson, White Supremacy: A Comparative Study (1981)

John Cell, The Highest Stage of White Supremacy: the Origins of Segregation in South Africa and the American South (1982)

Thomas J. Noer, Cold War and Black Liberation: the United States and White Rule in Africa, 1948-1968 (1985)

David Theo Goldberg, Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (1993)

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995)

Brenda Gayle Plummer, Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 (1996)

Penny Von Eschen, Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957 (1997)

Jessie Daniels,  White Lies: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse (1997)

Stephen David Kantrowitz, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (2000)

Howard Winant,  The World is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy since World War II (2001)

Thomas Borstelmann, The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena (2001)

James Meriwether, Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961 (2002)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (2003)

Joe R. Feagin, Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (2006)

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, Drawing the Global Color Line: White Men’s Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality (2008)

Carl Nightingale, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (2012)