Anti-Racism Reading List

This list is currently very US and black-centric, as it is what I’ve read most about. If you know any good books on racism in other parts of the world, or on racism towards other ethnicities, please tell me.

Anti-Racist Classics

  • Douglass, Frederick – What to the Slave is the 4th of July 
  • Du Bois, W.E.B – The Souls of Black Folks
  • Said, Edward – Orientalism
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B – Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases

History of Racism

  • Allen, Theodore – The Invention of the White Race Vol 1 & 2
  • Fredrickson, George – Racism: A Short History

History of Chattel Slavery & Struggle Against It 

  • Baptist, Edward – Half Has Never Been Told
  • Drescher, Seymour – Abolition: A History of Slavery & Antislavery
  • James, Cyril – The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’ouverture & the San Domingo Revolution
  • Walter, Johnson – River of Dark Dreams: Slavery & Empire in the Cotton Kingdom
  • Walter, Johnson – Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
  • Zinn, Howard – 1619-1741: Slavery & Slave Rebellion in the US

Contemporary Racism

  • Alexander, Michelle – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Anti-Racist Movements




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