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America in Black and White? (HI2B1-15) General Reading

If you are interested in doing any pre-reading for this course, these books are highly recommended. The full reading list for this course can be found on the Library Reading Lists. Below there is also a list of blogs, podcasts and films that may be of interest.


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2012)

Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth About our Racial Divide (2016)

Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (2016)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2010)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America (2013)

Marc Lamont Hill, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond (2016)

Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (2017)

Ibram Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2017)

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (2017)

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America (2011)

Nell Irvin Painter, The History of White People (2010)

Alison Phipps, Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism (2020)

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (2017)

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016)

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (2016)

Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race (2017)

Chad Williams, Kidada Williams and Keisha N. Blain (eds), Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence (2016)

Gary Younge, Another Day in the Death of America (2016)

Websites and Blogs

Black Perspectives 

We're History


Code Switch (NPR)


About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Witness Black History

Historically Black

You're Dead to Me

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

1619 (New York Times)


13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016)

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016)

OJ: Made in America (Ezra Edelman, 2016)

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement (Lauren Grant, 2016)

2 Fists Up: We Gon ‘ Be Alright (Spike Lee, 2016)

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. (Matthew Pillischer, 2012)