Book List

Selected Readings


Barnett, Allen, Carol. Black Women Intellectuals: Strategies of Nation, Family, and Neighborhood in the Works of Pauline Hopkins, Jessie Fauset, and Marita Bonner. Studies in African American History and Culture, ed. Graham Russell Hodges. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Banner-Haley, Charles T. The Fruits of Integration: Black Middle-Class Ideology and Culture, 1960-1990 . Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1994.

Bennett, Lerone Jr. Before The Mayflower: A History of Black America, 6th ed. New York, Penguin Books, 1993.

Billingsley, Andrew, Foreword by Paula Giddings, Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African-American Families. New York and London: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Bolden, Tonya. The Book of African-American Women 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters. Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation, 1996.

Busby, Margaret. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, (New York: Ballantine, 1992)

Butler, Octavia. Kindred (Boston: Beacon Press, 1988).


Cade, Toni. The Black Woman: An Anthology. New York: Signet, 1970.

Cash, Floris Barnett. African American Women and Social Action: The Clubwomen and Volunteerism from Jim Crow to the New Deal, 1896-1936. Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Clifton, Lucille. Generations: A Memoir (New York: Random House, 1976).

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York and London: Routledge, 1991.

________. Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Cole, Johnnetta Betsch and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities. New York: One World Ballantine Books, 2003.

Cooper, Anna Julia. A Voice from the South. Xenia, Ohio: Aldine Printing House, 1892, reprinted, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Cooper, Anna Julia. The Voice of Anna Julia Cooper (edited by Charles Lemert and Esme Bhan, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998).


Davis, Elizabeth Lindsay Davis. Lifting as They Climb. African-American Women Writers, 1910-1940, eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jennifer Burton. New York: G.K. Hall and Company, 1996.

Davis, Angela. Women Race & Class. New York: Vintage Books, 1983.

Davis, Angela Y. If they Come in the Morning (New York: Signet, 1971).

Dawson, Michael C. Black Visions, The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Decosta-Willis, Miriam, ed. The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, (New York: Dell, 1968).

Duster, Alfreda M, ed. Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1970 and 1972.


Franklin, V. P. Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths, Autobiography and the Making of the African-American Intellectual Tradition. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Freeman, Frankie Muse and Ann O'Connor. A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman. St. Louis, Missouri: Missouri Historical Society Press, 2003.


Gaines, Kevin K. Uplifting the Race, Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter the Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.

________. Ida: Sword Smong Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching. New York: Amistad, 2008.

Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920I. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Gordon, Ann D. African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Graham, Hugh Davis. Civil Rights and the Presidency, Race and Gender in American Politics 1960-1972. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Graham, Lawrence Otis. Our Kind of People, Inside America's Black Upper Class. New York: Harper Perennial, 2000.

Guy-Sheftall, Beverly, ed. Words of Fire, An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1995.


Hamilton, Dona Cooper and Charles V. Hamilton. The Dual Agenda: the African-American Struggle for Civil and Economic Equality. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Harley, Sharon, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. The Afro-American Woman, Struggles and Images. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1978. Reprint, 1997.

Height, Dorothy. Open Wide the Freedom Gate: A Memoir . New York: Public Affairs, 2003.

Higginbotham, Elizabeth. Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, 1993.

Hine, Darlene Clark, Elsa Barkley Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, vols. I and II. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Hine, Darlene Clark. Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History. With a foreword by John Hope Franklin. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishing, 1994.

Hine, Darlene Clark, Wilma King, Linda Reed, eds. We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women's History. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishers, 1995.

Hine, Darlene Clark and Kathleen Thompson. A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

Hine, Darlene Clark, Deborah Gray White. Telling Histories: Black women Historians in the Ivory Tower. (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, eds. All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave. New York: The Feminist Press, 1982.


James, Joy. Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals. New York and London: Routledge, 1997.

________. Shadowboxing: Representation of Black Feminist Politics. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999

Jones, Beverly. Quest for Equality: The Life and Writings of Mary Eliza Church Terrell, 1863-1954. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1990.

Jones, Jacqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family, From Slavery to the Present. New York: Vintage Books, 1985.


Kirby, John B. Black Americans in the Roosevelt Era Liberalism and Race. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1980

Knupfer, Anne Meis. Toward a Tenderer Humanity and a Nobler Womanhood: African American Women's Clubs in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago. New York and London: New York University Press, 1996.


Landry, Bart. The New Black Middle Class. Berkley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1987.

LaPlante, Eve. American Jezebel: The Uncommon life of Anne Hutchison, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans (New York: HarperOne, 2005).

________. Black Working Wives: Pioneers of the American Family Revolution. Berkley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2000.

Lerner, Gerda. Black Women in White America: A Documentary History. New York: Pantheon Books, 1972.


More, Ellen S. Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995 (Harvard University Press, 1995).

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon (New York: signet, 1978).


Nelson, Barbara J. and Najma Chowdhury, eds. Women and Politics Worldwide. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994.

Nelson, Jill. Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience (Chicago: The Noble Press, Inc., 1993).

Neverdon-Morton, Cynthia. Afro-American Women of the South and the Advancement of the Race, 1895-1925. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1989.

Noble, Jeanne L. Beautiful, Also are the Souls of My Black Sisters: A History of the Black Woman in America. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1978.


Olson, Lynne. Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. New York, London Toronto, Sydney and Singapore: Scribner, 2001.


Painter, Nell Irvin, Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1986)

Perkins, Margo V. Autobiography as Activism: Three Black Women of the Sixties. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.


Radford-Hill, Sheila. Further to Fly: Black Women, and the Politics of Empowerment. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Rothenberg, Paula S. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study. 4th ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

Royster, Jacqueline Jones. Lugenia Burns Hope: Black Southern Reformer. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1989.

________, ed. Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900. Boston and New York: Bedford Books, 1997.


Sapiro, Virginia. Women in American Society: An Introduction to Women's Studies, 3rd ed. California: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1994.

Scott, Joan Wallach. Feminism and History. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999).

Shaw, Stephanie J. What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers During the Jim Crow Era. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Springer, Kimberly, ed. Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African American Women's Contemporary Activism. New York and London: New York University Press, 1999.

Sterling, Dorothy. Black Foremothers: Three Lives, 2d ed. With a foreword by Margaret Walker and an introduction by Barbara Christian. New York: The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 1988.

Stewart, Maria W. America's First Black woman Political Writer, Essays and 'Speeches (Edited by Marilyn Richardson, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987)


Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Terrell, Mary Church. A Colored Woman in a White World. Washington, D.C.: Randsdell, Inc., 1940, reprints, Salem, New Hampshire: Ayer Company, Publishers, Inc., 1992 and 1998.

Thompson, Kathleen and Hilary Mac Austin, The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).

Thompson, Mildred I. Ida B. Wells-Barnett: An Exploratory Study of an American Black Woman, 1893-1930. Black Women in United States History, ed. Darlene Clark Hine, vol. 15. Brooklyn, New York: Carlson Publishers, 1990.

Trimiew, Darryl M. Voices of the Silenced: The Responsible Self in a Marginalized Community. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1993.


Walker, Alice. The Third Life of Grange Copeland (Harvest Books, 2003).

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

White, Deborah Gray. Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999).

Williams-Witherspoon Kimmika, The Secret Messages in African American Theater: Hidden Meanings Embedded in Public Discourse. (New York: The Edwin Mellon Press, 2006)


Yee, Shirley J. Black Women Abolitionists: A Study in Activism, 1828-1860. (University of Tennessee Press).