Books

An Antiracist Reading List - Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.

An in-depth list of books on E&I's Read, Watch, Listen 

Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List for Adults Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

14 Books for a More Inclusive Look at American History. Book Riot

8 Historical Books to Understand Current Social Justice Movements Book Riot

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

Caste. The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 

Racing to Justice. Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society by john a. powell

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy. The Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Heavy. An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Women Race & Class by Angela Davis

White Fragility. Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo 

Mediocre. The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Whistling Vivaldi. How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. Native America From 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

The Making of Asian America. A History by Erika Lee

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Book suggestions on the American Revolution and the early American republic from NY Time Opinion Columnist Jamelle Boule

Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification,” by David Waldstreicher

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America,” by Gerald Horne

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution,” by Jack N. Rakove

A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic,” by George William Van Cleve

The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution,” by Michael J. Klarman

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763 to 1789,” by Robert Middlekauff

Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia,” by Woody Holton

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789 to 1815,” by Gordon S. Wood

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation,” by Nicholas Guyatt

The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution,” by Robert G. Parkinson

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” by Bernard Bailyn

The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” by Gordon S. Wood

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World,” by Maya Jasanoff

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787 to 1788,” by Pauline Maier

Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America,” by Linda K. Kerber

American Taxation, American Slavery,” by Robin L. Einhorn

Water From the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age,” by Sylvia R. Frey

The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788 to 1828,” by Saul Cornell

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation,” edited by Alfred F. Young, Gary B. Nash and Ray Raphael