Just Thinking and reading…for yourself!

This list is not a ranking. Titles are listed numerically for reference purposes only.

  1. To Be a Slave – Julius Lester


  1. Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word – Randall Kennedy


  1. Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 – James Oakes


  1. Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom & Equality in the Twilight of Slavery – Joseph P. Reidy


  1. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – David W. Blight


  1. The Black Christ – Kelly Brown Douglas


  1. The Quest for Cosmic Justice – Thomas Sowell


  1. Social Justice and the Christian Church – Ronald H. Nash


  1. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America – Michael O. Emerson | Christian Smith


  1. Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America – Matthew Fox-Amato


  1. Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom Before Dred Scott – Lea VanderVelde


  1. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery’s Frontier – Lea VanderVelde


  1. The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture – Heather MacDonald


  1. Black Theology: Volume One – James H. Cone & Gayraud S. Wilmore


  1. Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860 – Larry Koger


  1. Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race – Daniel J. Fairbanks


  1. The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea – Robert Wald Sussman


  1. Activist Theology – Robyn Henderson-Espinoza


  1. Reviving the Black Church: A Call to Reclaim a Sacred Institution – Thabiti Anyabwile


  1. Black Theology & Black Power – James H. Cone


  1. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy – Thomas Sowell


  1. Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction – Dr. Robert Kelleman and Karole A. Edwards


  1. Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk – Delores S. Williams


  1. Having Words with God: The Bible as Conversation – Karl Allen Kuhn


  1. Why, Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology – Anthony B. Pinn


  1. The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety & Public Witness – Raphael G. Warnock


  1. Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America – Noah Rothman


  1. The African Slave Trade – Basil Davidson


  1. Ethnic America: A History – Thomas Sowell


  1. After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South — Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly


  1. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II – Douglas A. Blackmon


  1. Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves – Gregory A. Freeman


  1. Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen – Philip Dray


  1. Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement – Ferguson M. Bordewich


  1. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein


  1. The Decline of African American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity – Thabiti Anyabwile


  1. Discrimination and Disparities: Thomas Sowell


  1. Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? – Walter E. Williams


  1. Why Africa Is Poor – Choolwe Mbetwa


  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe


  1. Race and Culture: A World View – Thomas Sowell


  1. The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War – Jared A. Brock


  1. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity – Thomas C. Oden


  1. White Liberals & Black Rednecks — Thomas Sowell


  1. All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education – Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.


  1. Slavery, Law, & Politics: The Dred Scott Case in Historical Perspective – Don E. Fehrenbocher


  1. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation – Daina Ramey Berry


  1. Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington


  1. The Slavery Question – John M. Landrum


  1. The Fugitive Blacksmith – James W.C. Pennington


  1. Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States – Work Projects Administration


  1. Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume X, Missouri Narratives – Work Projects Administration


  1. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man – James Weldon Johnson


  1. Slavery: What It Was, What It Does, What It Intends to Do – Cydnor B. Tompkins


  1. Anti-Slavery Poems – John Greenleaf Whittier


  1. The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton


  1. Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang: Originally Published as the novel Georgia Nigger (1932) – John L. Spivak


  1. African American Religious Studies: An Interdisciplinary Anthology – Gayraud S. Wilmore


  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass


  1. Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America – Anthony B. Bradley


  1. Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church – Anthony J. Carter


  1. Fundamentalism and American Culture – George M. Marsden


  1. Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans Into Reformed Christianity – Anthony J. Carter, editor


  1. The Un-Civil War: BLACKS vs NIGGERS: Confronting the Subculture Within the African-American Community – Taleeb Starks


  1. A Short History of Reconstruction — Eric Foner


  1. A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity — Multiple authors, Kress Biblical Resources


  1. Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt — Mark M. Smith


  1. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory — Patricia Hill Collins


  1. Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950 – 1980 — Charles Murray


  1. African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean — Herbert S. Klein and Ben Vinson III


  1. Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic World — Travis Glasson


  1. The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas — Robert L. Paquette, Mark M. Smith


  1. Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality — Thomas Sowell


  1. False Black Power — Jason L. Riley


  1. American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time — Joshua Mitchell


  1. Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class — Charles Murray


  1. Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory — Ian Buchanan


  1. Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education — Marvin Lynn and Adrienne D. Dixson


  1. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction — Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic


  1. Preaching About Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders — Carolyn B. Helsel


  1. Critical Theory: The Essential Readings (Paragon Issues in Philosophy) — David Ingram


  1. My Larger Education — Booker T. Washington


  1. The Economics and Politics of Race — Thomas Sowell


  1. The Slave Ship: A Human History — Marcus Rediker


  1. Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas — Judith A. Carney


  1. Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade — David Eltis, David Richardson


  1. The Christian View of Man — J. Gresham Machen


  1. The Implications of Inerrancy on the Global Church — Faculty and Graduates of The Master’s Academy International


  1. The Church in History — B.K. Kuiper


  1. Christ’s Call to Reform the Church: Timeless Demands from the Lord to His People — John MacArthur


  1. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950-2000 — Iain H. Murray


  1. The Church of Christ — James Bannerman


  1. And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice — Derrick Bell


  1. Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution — Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn


  1. The Derrick Bell Reader — edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic


  1. They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South — Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers


  1. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel — Kate Bowler


  1. Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up to Change a Nation — Anna Mae Duane


  1. The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom — Os Guinness


  1. Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe — Voddie T. Baucham, Jr.


  1. Reason and Revolution — Herbert Marcuse


  1. Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America — Martha S. Jones


  1. The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory — Matthew Garrett (editor)


  1. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative: Fourth Edition — Mieke Bal


  1. Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction — Kent Puckett


  1. The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song — Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


  1. A History of the Black Baptist Church: I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired — Wayne E. Croft, Sr.


  1. The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History — Dennis. C. Dickerson


  1. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations — Christopher Lasch


  1. The Devil and Karl Marx – Paul Kengor


  1. The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670: A Documented History – Malyn Newitt


  1. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific – Frederick Engels


  1. From Plato to Christ: How Platonic Thought Shaped the Christian Faith – Louis Markos


  1. Critique of Practical Reason – Immanuel Kant


  1. Critique of Judgment – Immanuel Kant


  1. Critique of Pure Reason – Immanuel Kant


  1. Meditations on First Philosophy – René Descartes


  1. Toxic Diversity: Race, Gender, and Law Talk in America – Dan Subotnik


  1. The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success – Rodney Stark


  1. Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel – and the Way to Stop It – Owen Strachan


  1. Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism: – Joshua Muravchik


  1. Dismantling America – Thomas Sowell


  1. Marxism: Philosophy and Economics – Thomas Sowell


  1. The Economics and Politics of Race – Thomas Sowell


  1. Applied Economics – Thomas Sowell


  1. Escape From Reason – Frances Schaeffer


  1. Wealth, Poverty, and Politics – Thomas Sowell


  1. Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow – Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier


  1. On the Social Contract – Jean-Jacques Rousseau


  1. Slavery’s Capitalism – Sven Beckert


  1. The Road to Serfdom: The Definitive Edition – F.A. Hayek


  1. The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie – Andrew Carnegie


  1. From Africa to Brazil: Culture, Identity, and an Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1830: – Walter Hawthorne


  1. Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South – Albert J. Raboteau


  1. Workhouses of London and the South East – Peter Higginbotham


  1. Let Slavery Die: The Life of Henry Highland Garnet and His 1865 Discourse Before the House of Representatives – Henry Highland Garnet


  1. The Negro Church in America – E. Franklin Frazier


  1. The Black Church Since Frazier – C. Eric Lincoln


  1. The French Revolution: A History – Thomas Carlyle


  1. Reprobation and God’s Sovereignty: Recovering a Biblical Doctrine – Peter Sammons

(Updated March 3, 2022)