Black Lives Matter Book List
Some stuff to read while thinking about this:
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe. The first popular attempt to depict life under slavery. It's rife with stereotypes and a little preachy, but it is the book that started it all and surprisingly readable.
Reconstruction, Eric Foner. 600 pages of hard work and real history.
Contempt of Court, Mark Curriten and LeRoy Phillips Jr., Saga of the first Supreme Court case to defend the rights of a black citizen... sort of. The real issue was whether a Tennessee sheriff was under the jurisdiction of the federal courts and could be held in contempt for failing to abide by a federal court order. The order involved a directive to protect a black man from lynching in 1901.
Trouble in Mind, Leon Litwack. More than you want to know but everything you should know about lynchings in the USA.
Lost Battalions, Richard Slotkin. Chronicles two regiments that valiantly fought in WWI. One comprised mostly of Jewish immigrants known as the 77th "Statue of Liberty" Division; and the 369th Infantry Division, known as the Harlem Hell Fighters. One came home to some recognition, the other to lynchings and ethnic cleansing.
The Children, David Halberstam. The front line troops of the civil rights movement were children. Their leaders were college kids, their shock troops were as young as 10 years old. They stood up to fire hoses and police dogs and the worst the crackers could bring.
Simple Justice, Richard Kluger. The complete story of Brown v. Topeka BOE.
Blood at the Root, Patrick Phillips. The story of ethnic cleansing in one Georgia County.