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Unlearning Racism: Recommended Reading

Books to inspire, educate, and activate 

 

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A reading list for adults and children, with selections by Skylight booksellers, updated June 5, 2020

The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691181547
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 1st, 2019

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781439916391
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Published: Temple University Press - July 13th, 2018

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781849353625
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Published: AK Press - January 21st, 2020

Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism Cover Image
By Cindy Milstein (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781849352321
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2015

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849353267
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Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781479886753
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Published: New York University Press - May 7th, 2019

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781479874415
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Published: New York University Press - July 30th, 2019

The Wretched of the Earth Cover Image
By Frantz Fanon, Richard Philcox (Translator), Homi K. Bhabha (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802141323
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Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451494887
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Published: Knopf - March 17th, 2020

Racist Logic: Markets, Drugs, Sex (Boston Review / Forum) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781946511362
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Published: Boston Review - June 4th, 2019

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469653662
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Penguin Vitae) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780143134442
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2020

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color Cover Image
By Cherríe Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781438454382
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Published: State University of New York Press - March 1st, 2015

All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781596916814
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - September 17th, 2013

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062375094
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Published: Amistad - October 15th, 2019

Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews: 1984-1992 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780999719879
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Published: Kenning Editions - April 20th, 2020

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674010840
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 21st, 2003

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300251838
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Published: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020

Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781583225813
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology Cover Image
By E. Patrick Johnson (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780822336181
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Published: Duke University Press - November 1st, 2005

Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

Revolutionary Suicide: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Huey P. Newton, Fredrika Newton (Introduction by), Ho Che Anderson (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143105329
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 29th, 2009

Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781781683132
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Published: Verso - March 4th, 2014

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781610394574
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345376718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780415539159
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Published: Routledge - October 27th, 2012

Capitalism and Disability: Selected Writings by Marta Russell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608466863
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Published: Haymarket Books - August 6th, 2019

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

No Name in the Street (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307275929
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Published: Vintage - January 9th, 2007

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547906041
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316070164
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 3rd, 2010

A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

Missing Daddy Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Bria Royal (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781642590364
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 17th, 2019

Dear Martin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Noodlephant Cover Image
By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702664
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 12th, 2019

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781512404425
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 1st, 2018

When a Bully Is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781945289071
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Published: Reflection Press - September 4th, 2017

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781723305689
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 8th, 2018

American Street Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Internment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316522700
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

The Grief Keeper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514022
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2019

Say Her Name Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise (Illustrator), Loveis Wise (Cover design or artwork by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368045247
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

A Wreath for Emmett Till Cover Image
By Marilyn Nelson, Philippe Lardy (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547076362
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2009

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Adults) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781642590227
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 3rd, 2019

One Person, No Vote (YA edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547601073
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 17th, 2019

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544785137
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Published: Clarion Books - January 2nd, 2018

When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - December 1st, 2016

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340007
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Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 6th, 2014

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250306906
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 14th, 2020

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608465644
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608468553
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Published: Haymarket Books - December 5th, 2017

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The History of White People Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393339741
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 28th, 2020

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620973424
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition Cover Image
$47.50
ISBN: 9780807848296
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - January 24th, 2000

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780385474542
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1994

Black in Latin America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814738184
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Published: New York University Press - September 1st, 2012

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780415968188
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Published: Routledge - August 27th, 2003

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568585611
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 29th, 2016

Collected Works of Ida B. Wells Barnett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781374915107
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Published: Pinnacle Press - May 25th, 2017

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338309850
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Published: Scholastic Nonfiction - December 26th, 2019

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547602520
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 29th, 2019

American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312384487
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Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780814776230
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Published: New York University Press - May 22nd, 2012

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780807088982
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2017

All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780252084126
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Published: University of Illinois Press - March 2nd, 2019

The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691157870
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 3rd, 2013

Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385722704
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Published: Anchor - January 13th, 2009

Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement (New Perspectives on the History of the South) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813060354
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Published: University Press of Florida - July 15th, 2014

The Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520281462
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Published: University of California Press - November 22nd, 2016