Contextualizing Discussions of Contemporary Racism and Inequality

Reflections on the Present from those who Study the Past


As U.S. focused historians committed to research and teaching that complicates and enriches current 
conversations about slavery, racism and racial identity, civil rights activism, policing, and public 
commemoration, we recommend these books, articles, films, documentaries, exhibits, projects, and primary 
materials. This list of sources is neither exhaustive nor conclusive, but a sample of meaningful works in the 
field. As a department, we plan to continue to use the strengths of our discipline to engage with difficult 
questions of inequality and racism in our classrooms and beyond.


CSUF Historians Suggest Sources to Contextualize Discussions of Contemporary Racism and InequalityPDF File Opens in new window