What We’re Reading

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On Slavery, Racism, History, and Memory

Ana Lucia Araujo, Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History, 2nd ed. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2023).

—. Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (New York: Bloomsbury, 2021).

Anne C. Bailey, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Michael T. Benson, Daniel Coit Gilman and the Birth of the American Research University (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022).

Mary Frances Berry, My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations (New York: Random House, 2006).

Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2017).

David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.)

Alfred L. Brophy, University, Court, and Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, ed., I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Boston, MA: Unwin Hyman, 1990).

The Combahee River Collective Statement, Combahee River Collective, 1977, https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/combahee-river-collective-statement-1977/ .

Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” University of Chicago Legal Forum (1989): 139-67.

“Dilemmas of Archival Objectivity,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 53, no. 1 (2023): 71-108.

Adam H. Domby, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020).

Asia Fields, Mary Hudetz, Logan Jaffe and Ash Ngu, “The Repatriation Project: The Delayed Return of Native Remains,” ProPublica, https://www.propublica.org/series/the-repatriation-project .

P. Gabrielle Foreman, et al. “Writing about Slavery/Teaching About Slavery: This Might Help” community-sourced document, accessed August 2, 2022, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A4TEdDgYslX-hlKezLodMIM71My3KTN0zxRv0IQTOQs/ .

Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Nicholas Guyatt, “Rethinking Colonization in the Early United States,” in New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization, ed. Beverly C. Tomek and Matthew J. Hetrick (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017): 329-350.

Leslie M. Harris, James T. Campbell, and Alfred L. Brophy, eds., Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019).

Saidiya Hartman, “Venus in Two Acts,” Small Axe 12, no. 2 (2008): 1-14.

Cheryl D. Hicks, Talk with You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, eds., Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

Jessica Marie Johnson, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

Ryan P. Jordan, Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007).

Matthew Karp, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016).

Ethan J. Kyle and Blain Roberts, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (New York: New Press, 2018).

Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021).

William Lee Miller, Arguing about Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress (New York: Knopf, 1996).

Maurie D. McInnis and Louis P. Nelson, Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s University (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019).

Simon P. Newman, Freedom Seekers: Escaping from Slavery in Restoration London (London, UK: University of London Press, 2022).

Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (New York: Pantheon 1997).

Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2020).

Adam Rothman and Elsa Barraza Mendoza, eds., Facing Georgetown’s History: A Reader on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2021).

Margaret Elise Sanford, “In their Footsteps: Tracing the Lineage of Resistance against the Philadelphia Body Trade, 1765-2021” (master’s thesis, Temple, 2022), http://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/7635 .

Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016).

Clint Smith, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2021).

Suzanne Smith, To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010).

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1995).

George William Van Cleve, A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Lewis Raven Wallace, The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Craig Steven Wilder, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Celeste Winston, How to Lose the Hounds: Maroon Geographies and a World beyond Policing (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2023).

On Racism, Slavery, Indenture, and Manumission in Baltimore and Maryland

Dan Bailey, Anne Sarah Rubin, et al., “Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore,” digital map, accessed August 2, 2022.

Jean H. Baker and Charles W. Mitchell, ed., The Civil War in Maryland Reconsidered (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2021).

David S. Bogen, “Precursors of Rosa Parks: Maryland Transportation Cases Between the Civil War and the Beginning of World War I,” Maryland Law Review 63 (2004): 721-751.

Lawrence T. Brown, The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).

Penelope Campbell, Maryland in Africa: The Maryland State Colonization Society, 1831- 1857 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1971).

Matthew A. Crenson, Baltimore, A Political History (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017).

Mariana L.R. Dantas, Black Townsmen: Urban Slavery and Freedom in the Eighteenth-Century Americas (New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 2008).

Barbara Jeanne Fields, Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985).  

Kami Fletcher, “Are Enslaved African Americans Buried at Mount Harmon Plantation? Space and Reflection for National Mourning and Memorialising,” Mortality 28, no. 3 (2023): 510-25.

Bettye J. Gardner, “Ante-bellum Black Education in Baltimore,” Maryland Historical Magazine 71, no. 3 (1976): 360-366.

Bettye J. Gardner, “William Watkins: Antebellum Black Teacher and Anti-slavery Writer,” Negro History Bulletin 39, no. 6 (1976): 623-625.

Paige Glotzer, How the Suburbs were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960 (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2020).

Leroy Graham, Baltimore, the Nineteenth Century Black Capital (Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1982).

Dennis Patrick Halpin, A Brotherhood of Liberty: Black Reconstruction and Its Legacies in Baltimore, 1865-1920 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).

—. “‘Manufacturing Criminals’: The Historical Roots of Baltimore’s Racialized Criminal Justice System,” Perspectives on History, July 1, 2015, https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/summer-2015/manufacturing-criminals-the-historical-roots-of-baltimores-racialized-criminal-justice-system .

Antonia Hylton, Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum (New York: Legacy Lit, 2024).

Lawrence Jackson, “Frederick Bailey of Baltimore” digital map, accessed May 6, 2021.

Ida Jones, The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller (Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2011).

Martha S. Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Loyola University Maryland, ed., Untold Truths: Exposing Slavery and Its Legacies at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD: Apprentice House, 2024).

Adam Malka, The Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

Jessica Millward, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015).

Tony C. Perry, “In Bondage when Cold was King: The Frigid Terrain of Slavery in Antebellum Maryland,” Slavery & Abolition 38, no. 1 (2017): 23-36.

Christopher Phillips, Freedom’s Port: The African American Community of Baltimore, 1790-1860 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997).

Ousamane K. Power-Greene, Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle against the Colonization Movement (New York: New York University Press, 2014).

Seth Rockman, Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). 

Anne Sarah Rubin, “Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore,” Current Research in Digital History 4 (2021): https://crdh.rrchnm.org/essays/v04-01-slave-streets-free-streets/, accessed August 2, 2022.

Gordon H. Shufelt, The Uncommon Case of Daniel Brown: How a White Police Officer Was Convicted of Killing a Black Citizen, Baltimore, 1875 (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2021).

Rachel L. Swarns, The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church (New York: Random House, 2023).

Sarah Thomas, “A Message of Inclusion, A History of Exclusion: Racial Injustice at the Peabody Institute,” Johns Hopkins University, 2019.

William G. Thomas III, A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020).

T. Stephen Whitman, The Price of Freedom: Slavery and Freedom in Baltimore and Early National Maryland (New York: Routledge, 1999).

Jennie K. Williams, “Trouble the Water: The Baltimore to New Orleans Coastwise Slave Trade, 1820-1860,” Slavery & Abolition 41, no. 2 (2020): 275-303.