“Race and Justice in America” Book Series

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A new Let's Talk About It series developed by project scholar Leroy Rowe and librarian consultants Elizabeth Hartsig and Holly Williams.

  • Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years of Federalism  by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr.
  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle the-fire-this-time-9781501126345_hr
  • The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins by Brenda Stevenson
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward


A summary of this new series will be available soon. To bring this series to your library in the summer of 2017, complete the Let’s Talk About it application by January 15, 2016.

This series explores the complex, and often uneasy, relationship between black Americans and the American justice system. Developed by project scholar Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine, and librarian consultants Elizabeth Hartsig (Portland Public Library) and Holly Williams (Pittsfield Public Library), the books selected for Race and Justice in America provide historical analyses of selected events, court rulings, and public policies that help to explain the black American struggle for citizenship, civil rights, and equal treatment under the laws.

Race and Justice in America also explores the changing boundaries and content of state and national citizenship. The core questions that the series engages are: how was membership in the social and political community defined for African Americans and whites in the United States? How have those definitions changed over time? And in what ways did individuals and communities exercise rights as citizens and experience those rights differently?



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