UK Black History Month: A Reading List
Check out our reading list for UK Black History Month!
In honor of Black History Month in the UK, we’ve pulled together some of our best books and journal articles on UK and US black history. Check out the list below for our must-reads and suggestions for your bookshelf.
Race and Imperial Defence in the British World, 1870–1914: Mitcham provides a comprehensive account of the cultural and racial origins of the imperial security partnership between Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. By examining topics such as the South African War, the Anglo-German naval arms race, and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, this book poses important questions about race, British identity, and the idea of empire.
The Cambridge Guide to African American History: The guide emphasizes blacks’ agency and achievements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, notably outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement. Through entries on Afro-American Culture, the Black Power Movement, and the March on Washington, it provides a critical perspective on the actions and legacies of ordinary and elite blacks and their non-black allies.
African American Religions, 1500-2000: Called a “tour de force” by Choice Magazine, this book examines the history of Black religion from the dawn of Western colonialism to FBI repression in the twentieth century. The result is an exploration of how Atlantic empires simultaneously enabled the emergence of particular forms of religious experience as well as disturbing patterns of violent domination.
Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State: This title won the APSA Ralph Bunche Award and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award in 2015. Megan Ming Francis provides the first ever analysis of the NAACP’s campaign against racist violence to demonstrate the importance of citizen agency in the making of new constitutional law.
Civil Rights in American Law, History, and Politics: Austin Sarat charts the meanings of civil rights in law and culture, bringing scholars together to assess the place of civil rights in the American story. Chapters cover topics such as race case laws and the dichotomy between color blindness and color consciousness.
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