We’ve made a reading list for people who are interested in understanding race and the construction of the modern labor market. This seven-book list is chronological, starting with Reconstruction and moving through to the present.
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“These books help us understand how unemployment and poverty were structured into minority communities over time,” said Dayna Cunningham, CoLab Executive Director. “We need to understand the ways in which it was done, so that we know what needs to be undone.”
1. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880, by W. E. B. Du Bois
2. Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression, by Robin Kelley
4. To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City, by Martha Biondi
5. The Lost Promise of Civil Rights, by Lisa Goluboff
6. Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States, by Margaret Weir
7. Whiteness as Property, by Cheryl I. Harris
List by Phil Thompson.