Back in 2016, I made a booklist of interesting books I’d read over the years that were worth sharing, because at that time there was were way fewer people doing “teach-ins” on twitter and so forth. The list used to live on Goodreads, but I deleted that account and never remade it.
Thankfully, Storygraph preserved the list and I added new books to it. I’m too lazy to add the new books, but you can track the whole list here on Storygraph.
In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990, Quintard Taylor
Education of Blacks in the South 1860-1935, James D. Anderson
Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, Leon Litwack
Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class, Mary Patillo
Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, Larry Tye
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia, Tim Tzouliadis
We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity, Tommie Shelby
Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Geoffrey C. Ward
“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity, Beverly Tatum
The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality, Thomas Shapiro
Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs, Deidre Royster
Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union: An Autobiography, Robert Robinson
Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation 1968-98, James Cone
Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class, Karyn Lacy
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, Paul Tough
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, Tom Burrell
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, Kenneth T. Jackson
Programming note, Forestry does not support full-post sharing RSS natively, and with it being phased out this month, I’m likely to look for a different solution for GUI blogging. This site does support blogging in a code editor and that’s fine — these are just markdown files — but I kind of prefer a CMS interface for whatever reason.