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Whiteness: An American History (HI3J9-30): 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.

  • Allen, Theodore, The invention of the white race: Vols 1& 2
  • Bay, Mia, The White Image in the Black Mind
  • Blee, Kathleen M., Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s
  • Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era
  • Brown, David, and Webb, Clive, Race in the American South from Slavery to Civil Rights
  • Burlein, Ann, Lift High the Cross: Where White Supremacy and the Christian Right Converge
  • Chalmers, David M., Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan
  • Daniels, Jesse, White Lies: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse
  • Dailey, Jane, et al. (eds), Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights
  • Dyer, Richard, White
  • Ferber, Abby L., White Man Falling: Gender, Race and White Supremacy
  • Frankenberg, Ruth, White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness
  • Fredrickson, George M., White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History
  • Fredrickson, George M., The Black Image in the White Mind: The Debate on Afro-American Character and Destiny, 1817-1914
  • Gilmore, Glenda E., Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina 1896-1920
  • Hale, Grace Elizabeth, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940
  • Harris, Trudier, Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals
  • Jacobson, Matthew Frye, Whiteness of a Different Color
  • Kantrowitz, Stephen, Ben Tillman & the Reconstruction of White Supremacy
  • Kovel, Joel, White Racism: A Psychohistory
  • Lewis, George, Massive Resistance: The White Response to the Civil Rights Movement
  • MacLean, Nancy, Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan
  • Merritt, Keri Leigh, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South
  • Morrison, Toni, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness in the American Literary Imagination
  • Painter, Nell, The History of White People
  • Ridgeway, James, Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skin-heads and the Rise of a New White Culture
  • Roediger, David, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class
  • Roediger, David, Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White
  • Trelease, Allen W., White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction
  • Waldrep, Christopher, The Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America
  • Ware, Vron, Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History
  • Webb, Clive, Rabble Rousers: The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era
  • Williamson, Joel, The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation
  • Wray, Matt, Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness
  • Yancy, George, Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness