Readings to help you understand race and ethnicity in society

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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
Ron Takaki. Back Bay Books Rev. Edition (2008).

A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
Howard Zinn. Harper Perennial (2003).

Anti-Arab Racism in the USA Where it Comes from and What it Means for Politics Today
Steven Salaita. Pluto Press (2006).

Anti-Racist Cookbook: A Recipe Guide for Conversation About Race That Goes Beyond Covered Dishes and “Kum-Bah-Ya”
Robin Parker & Pamela Smith Chambers. Crandall, Dostie & Douglas Books, Inc (2005).

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Juan Gonzalez. Penguin (2001).

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
Rodolfo Acuña. Longman; 6th Ed. (2006).

Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview
Audrey Smedley. Westview Press; 3rd ed. (2007).

Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America
Bob Blauner. Temple Rev Exp edition (2001).

The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization and Resistance
Anette Jaimes. South End Press (1999).

Understanding & Dismantling Racism: the Twenty-first Century Challenge to White America
Joseph Barndt. Fortress Press (2007).

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race. 10th Anniversary Edition
Ian Lopez. NYU Press Rev & updated (2006).

Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White. The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs
David R. Roediger. Basic Books (2005). Historian

YELLOW: Race in American Beyond Black & White
Frank H. Wu. Basic Books (2003).

The Debt: What White America Owes to Blacks
Randall Robinson. Plume; Reprint edition (2001).

Race Matters
Cornel West. Beacon Press (2001).

The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954
William H. Watkins. Teachers College Press (2001).

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal
Andrew Hacker. Scribner (2003).

Native American History: A Chronology of a Culture’s Vast Achievements and Their Links to World Events
Judith Nies. Ballantine (1996).

Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America
Lee Francis. St. Martin’s Press (1998).

Are Italians White? How Race is Made in America
J. Guglielmo. Routledge (2003).

Dalton Conley. Vintage (2001).

How the Irish Became White
Noel Ignatiev. Routledge (2008).

How Jews Became White Folks & What that Says About Race in America
Karen Brodkin. Rutgers University Press (1998).

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (revised)
Paul Kivel. New Society Publishers (2002).

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Tim Wise. Soft Skull Press; 2nd ed (2007).

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Charles C. Mann. Vintage (2006).

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
Tony Horwitz. Henry Holt & Co. (2008).

American Discovery of Europe, The
Jack D. Forbes. University of IL Press (2007).

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World
David E. Stannard. Oxford University Press (1993).

Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards. National Association for the Education of Young Children (2010).

Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment
Steve Louie & Glenn Omatsu. UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press (2001).

Beyond Heroes & Holidays
Edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart & Margo Okazawa-Rey. Teaching for Change; 2nd edition (1998).

Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Beverly Daniel Tatum. Beacon Press (2008).

Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States
Joel Spring. McGraw Hill; 6th ed (2009)

Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation
Jodie Miller Shearer. Herald Press (1994).

Entry Denied
Sucheng Chan. Temple University Press (1994).

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
Haunani-Kay Trask. University of Hawaii Press, Rev Sub ed (1999).

Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
Thomas Norman DeWolf. Beacon Press ( 2008).

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James Loewen. Touchstone (2007).

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James Loewen. Touchstone (2007).

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching – Resource Guide for K-12 Classrooms
Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, & Janice View. Teaching for Change (2004).

Refusing RACISM: White Allies and the Struggle for Civil Rights
Cynthia Stokes Brown. Teachers College Press (2002).

Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism
Louise Derman-Sparks and Carol Brunson Phillips. Teachers College Press (1997).

To Remain An Indian – Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education
K. Tsianina Lomawaima & Teresa L. McCarty. Teachers College Press (2006).

Up Against Whiteness: Race, School & Immigrant Youth
Stacey J. Lee. Teachers College Press (2005).

What if All the Kids are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families
Louise Derman-Sparks & Patricia G. Ramsey

“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity
Beverly Daniel Tatum. Basic Books; 5th Anniversary revised edition (2003).

Witnessing Whiteness
Shelly Tochluk. Roman & Littlefield Education (2007).

YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American
Vickie Nam. Harper Perennial (2001).

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism
Derrick Bell. Basic Books (1992).

And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice
Derrick Bell. Basic Books (1987).

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. Rowman and Littlefield; First Edition (2006).

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. 2nd Ed.
Patricia H. Collins. Routledge (2000).

White Lies: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discours
Jessie Daniels. Routledge (1997).

Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil
W.E.B. DuBois. Dover Publication (1999).

Understanding Everyday Racism
Philomena Essed. SAGE Publications (1991).

Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression
Joe R. Feagin. Routledge (2006).

Racist America: Roots, Current Realities and Future Reparations
Joe R. Feagin. Routledge; 1 edition (2000).

White Racism 2nd Ed
Joe R. Feagin, Vera Hernan, and Batur Pinar. Routledge (2001).

The Racial State
David Theo Goldberg. Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (2001).

Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America
David Theo Goldberg. Routledge (1997).

Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning
David Theo Goldberg. Blackwell (1993).

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Juan Gonzales. Penguin Books (2001).

Enlightened Racism: The ‘Cosby Show,’ Audiences and the Myth of the American Dream
Sut Jhally, Justin Lewis. Westview Press (1992).

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race
Ian H.F. Lopez. New York University Press (1996).

Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment
Mari J. Matsuda, Charles E. Lawrence, III, Richard Delgado, and Kimberle Williams Crenshaw. Westview Press (1993).

Being White: Stories of Race and Racism
Karyn D. McKinney. Routledge (2004).

Black-Brown Relations and Stereotypes
Tatcho, Mindiola, Jr., Yolanda Flores Niemann, and Nestor Rodriguez University of Texas; 1 edition (2003).

Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s
Michael Omi and Howard Winant. Routledge; 2nd edition (1994).

Two Faced Racism
Leslie Picca and Joe Feagin. Routledge; 1 edition (2007).

Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse
Otto Santa Ana. University of Texas Press; 1 edition (2002).

Latinos: Remaking America
M.M. Suarez-Orozco and Mariela M. Paez. University of California Press (2002).

Elite Discourse and Racism
Teun Van Dyck. SAGE Publications (1993).

Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness
Hernan Vera and Andrew M. Gordon. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2003).

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
Frank H. Wu. Basic Books (2002).


Higher Education
Institutional Efforts to Improve Black Male Student Achievement: A Standards-Based Approach.” Harper, S. R., & Kuykendall, J. A. 2012. Change, 44(2), 23-29.

Media and Entertainment
“Emotional Segregation: A content analysis of institutional racism in U.S. films, 1980-2001.”
Angie K. Beeman Ethnic & Racial Studies, Sep2007, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p687-712

Politics and Public Policy
“What is Racism? Racial Discourse and Racial Politics.” Ashley Doane, Critical Sociology, 2006, Vol. 32 Issue ⅔, p255-274

“The Strategy of White Separatism.” Betty A. Dobratz and Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Journal of Political & Military Sociology, Summer2006, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p49-79

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