VANGUARD: HOW BLACKWOMEN BROKE BARRIERS, WON THE VOTE, AND INSISTED ON EQUALITY FOR ALL by Martha S. Jones
This recently published book is both very accessible (at only 352 pages) and very topical (given that 2020 commemorated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage). Professor Jones dives deep into the
suffrage movement and African-American women’s trailblazing contributions. Recommended by Judge Diane Larsen (ret.), Senior Arbitrator, JAMS, Inc.
WHITE FRIGHT: THE SEXUAL PANIC AT THE HEART OF AMERICA’S RACIST HISTORY by Jane Dailey In her most recent work, Dailey, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago, focuses on a century and a half, from Reconstruction to Loving v. Virginia , and traces much of the treatment of Blacks to “white fear of Black sexuality.” The book covers how courts and the law addressed various periods in American history seen through the lens of that fear, including: “in battles over lynching, in the policing of Black troops’ behavior overseas during World War II, in the violent outbursts following the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education , and in the tragic story of Emmett Till.” It is a well-documented and researched look at race relations and some of the underlying causes and outcomes. Recommended by Daniel A. Cotter, Howard & Howard; Past President, Chicago Bar Association; Member, CBA Record Editorial Board
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