History of race and racism
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Learn about the history of race and anti-Black racism in the U.S. through these works suggested by our colleagues and students.
- Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2020.
- Anderson, Carol. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2016.
- Baradaran, Mehrsa. The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. Harvard University Press, 2017.
- Benjamin, Ruha. Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
- Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. One World, 2015.
- Darity Jr, William A., and A. Kirsten Mullen. From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. UNC Press, 2020.
- DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. Beacon Press, 2018.
- Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2007.
- Flynn, Andrea, Susan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren, and Felicia J. Wong. The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Kendi, Ibram X. How to be an Antiracist. One World/Ballantine, 2019.
- Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Random House, 2017.
- Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk about Race. Seal Press, 2019.
- Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
- Zambrana, Ruth Enid. Toxic Ivory Towers: The Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Minority Faculty. Rutgers University Press, 2018.
Articles and Reports
- Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The case for reparations. The Atlantic 313, no. 5 (2014): 54-71.
- Cook, Lisa D. Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940. Journal of Economic Growth 19, no. 2 (2014): 221-257.
- Gould, Elise, and Valerie Wilson. Black workers face two of the most lethal preexisting conditions for coronavirus—racism and economic inequality. EPI Report. June 1, 2020.
- Hannah-Jones, Nikole, and Mary N. Elliott, eds. The 1619 Project. New York Times, 2019.
- <many in the Review of Black Political Economy>
- <three popular press articles that spoke to a colleague personally: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/opinion/police-killings-black-mental-health.html, https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-black-professionals-unrest-lays-bare-a-balancing-act-at-work-11591202955, https://time.com/5848269/moms-equal-pay-day/ >
- 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
Related AEA resources
Letters for Black Lives (A collaborative to translate an updated 2020 version of a 2016 letter into multiple languages. Currently there are over 40 translations in progress.)