Looking forward to my grad seminar this semester on Black History from Reconstruction to Jim Crow. A preview/tour of what we’ll be reading follows. We’ll start in week one with some DuBois, from Black Reconstruction, and supplementary essays from Eric Foner and Thomas Holt. 1/
Week 2: Hannah Rosen, Terror in the Heart of Freedom.
Week 3: @KidadaEWilliams, They Left Great Marks on Me.
Week 4: Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here.
Week 5: @profblmkelley, Right to Ride, and Omar Ali, In the Lion’s Mouth.
Week 6: Mia Bay, To Tell the Truth Freely.
Week 7: Michael Rudolph West, The Education of Booker T. Washington.
Week 8: @Isabelwilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns.
Week 9: Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, with supplementary essays from @agordonreed and @Alexis_ok.
Week 10: Davarian Baldwin, Chicago’s New Negroes.
Week 11: @KhalilGMuhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness.
Week 12: Mary Rolinson, Grassroots Garveyism.
Week 13: @KeishaBlain, Set the World on Fire.
And finally, Week 14, N.D.B. Connolly, A World More Concrete.
It'll be a hard and busy semester, but many of these are works I've wanted to get to for a while. Hope the list turns a few folks out there to take a look too! /end

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