Events of the past week have left many of us struggling for understanding. In such times, it can help to turn to books and authors to help us see the world through a broader lens.
The Library always seeks to provide information, so we’ve assembled a list of books—on bigotry, white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, social justice, freedom of speech, and more—that can lend context to the events in Charlottesville and beyond.
Racism and Anti-Semitism in America
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Q. Whitman
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer