History of race and racism

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Statement from the AEA Executive Committee (June 5, 2020)
Statement from the NEA (June 4, 2020)

Learn about the history of race and anti-Black racism in the U.S. through these works suggested by our colleagues and students.


Articles and Reports

  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole, and Mary N. Elliott, eds. The 1619 Project. New York Times, 2019.



  • I Am Not Your Negro, a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck and based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House
  • Just Mercy, a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir and work by Bryan Stevenson
  • Selma, a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb
  • 13th, a 2016 documentary by director Ava DuVernay tracing the history of race, slavery, and incarceration in the United States


AEA resources on race in the economics profession

Journal articles on racial disparities

These links present lists of the articles on race and racial disparities, which have been published in top economics journals over the last ten years or so. The editors of these journals volunteered to take inventories of their journals' publications on race in June 2020. (Each editor used slightly different criteria in developing their list of relevant papers.)

https://twitter.com/ToddMichney/status/1407696728678191108 https://www.minneapolisfed.org/~/media/assets/people/william-spriggs/spriggs-letter_0609_b.pdf