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