THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD: SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM by Edward E. Baptist
An informative read that details slavery as a huge capitalist enterprise that lifted the United States into the industrial age based upon the value of 4 million slaves who were listed on the balance sheets and used as collateral for mortgages and guarantees. It outlines laws and practices, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions that affirmed humans as property, supported limitless free labor, and caused economic prosperity and profits for many property owners and businesses, but permanent economic, civil and societal loss for slaves and their descendants. Recommended by Greta Weathersby, Senior Counsel, Legal and Governance Services Department, WEC Energy Group, Inc.
KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: SPEECHES AND SERMONS OF REV. JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Written by a civil rights icon, this book is a compilation of the famous speeches and sermons given from his years in the civil rights movement, as founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and as an international ambassador for human rights. He inspires readers by talking about the issues of the day that will leave an indelible imprint on history. Recommended by John Sciaccotta, Partner, Aronberg Goldgehn; Member, Dusable Museum of African American History
THE KNOWNWORLD by Edward P. Jones The story centers on the life, affluence, and death of slaveowner Henry Townsend, son of former slaves, who was once himself a slave. Recommended by Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Illinois Appellate Court, First District
THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO by Dr. Carter G. Woodson This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to become conscious of the bias ingrained in our educa- tional system. Discussing bias in the teachings of our profession, for instance, Woodson noted: “Negro law students were told that they belonged to the most criminal element in the country.” Woodson instead advocates for uplifting African Americans through education about our powerful history and
significant accomplishments in the law and other professions. Recommended by Charles Harris, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP