Race in America: A UGA Press Reading List

The racist violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend has already inspired the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum and #CharlottesvilleSyllabus hashtags, around which great scholarship and articles are being shared. The University of Georgia Press has published many books on race, slavery, the Civil War, civil rights, and the horrors of bigotry and racism in America. As an academic press in the South we have not only a pedagogical obligation to publish works on these topics but a moral one as well. In this spirit of spreading knowledge we present a reading list of our books to help professors, students, and lay people better understand the events that transpired this past weekend.

For All Readers:

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence Edited by Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams, and Keisha N. Blain
A rich, multifaceted overview of race relations, racial violence, and civil rights activism in the United States and other parts of the globe

Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory by Barbara McCaskill
How William and Ellen Craft’s escape from slavery, their activism, and press accounts figured during the antislavery movement of the mid-1800s and Reconstruction

Slavery in America: A Reader and Guide Edited by Kenneth Morgan
Designed specially for undergraduate course use, this textbook is both an introduction to the study of American slavery and a reader of core texts on the subject.

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865 by Patrick Rael
A fresh look at the demise of slavery in the United States and why it took longer here than anywhere else in the Atlantic world

Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966–1971 by Martin L. Deppe, Foreword by James R. Ralph Jr.
An insider’s account of the influential, but often overlooked, civil rights organization from which Jesse Jackson emerged

Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson by Joshua D. Rothman
Narrative history set against a backdrop of frenzied economic speculation and racial violence

The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation Edited by Julie Buckner Armstrong, Amy Schmidt, Associate Editor
Perspectives on civil rights not found in history books

Murder at Broad River Bridge: The Slaying of Lemuel Penn by the Ku Klux Klan by Bill Shipp, with a foreword by Renee C. Romano and a new preface to the paperback edition

The Leo Frank Case by Leonard Dinnerstein
The classic study of one of the most infamous outbursts of anti-Semitism in the United States

From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo by Mary Stanton
The first full-length biography to examine the controversial life, murder, and subsequent character assassination of a white woman who became a civil rights martyr

Fight against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights by Clive Webb
Unity and discord at the crossroads of Jewish and black life in the South

Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement by Constance Curry, Joan C. Browning, Dorothy Dawson Burlage, Penny Patch, Theresa Del Pozzo, Sue Thrasher, Elaine DeLott Baker, Emmie Schrader Adams, and Casey Hayden
The compelling story of nine young activists

For a Deeper Look:

A Curse upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World by Kay Wright Lewis
How the specter of a race war has justified violence, molded collective memory, and permeated the rhetoric of slavery and freedom

Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the Atlantic World by Andrew T. Fede
A new look at the laws governing the expendability of the lives of slaves

In the Shadow of Dred Scott: St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Legal Culture of Slavery in Antebellum America by Kelly M. Kennington
How African Americans influenced the legal culture of slavery and freedom in a border-state city

The Southern Hospitality Myth: Ethics, Politics, Race, and American Memory by Anthony Szczesiul
How and why the South became associated with and perpetuated notions of hospitality

Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans by Clyde Woods, Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Laura Pulido
A reframing of New Orleans’s historical geography through the lens of Blues epistemology

Codename Greenkil: The 1979 Greensboro Killings by Elizabeth Wheaton, With a new afterword

Tremé: Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood by Michael E. Crutcher Jr.
The cultural capital of black New Orleans, examined in space and time

Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras by Kristen Epps
How the unique circumstances of slavery in a border region played a role in Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War, and the settlement of the American West

Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701–1840 by Larry E. Tise

The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere by Robert J. Cottrol
Examining the impact of law on peoples of African descent in the Americas

Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory Edited by Erica L. Ball and Kellie Carter Jackson, Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
A new look at the wildly popular, paradigm-shifting book and television miniseries

Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement by Minrose Gwin
Remembrance of a major civil rights figure through writings and song

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