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Global Dimensions of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Religion in America
 

This list is a work in progress. It includes a wide variety of reviewed books, chapters from some of these books considered to be particularly applicable to this course, primary documents, online resources and journal articles. It includes readings and films included in the syllabus outline.

African Diaspora

Davis, Darien J. Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006.

Gates, Jr., Henry Louis. Black in Latin America. New York and London: New York University Press, 2011.

Savannah Unit, Georgia Writers’ Project, Savanna Unit, Work Projects Administration. Drums and Shadows: Survival Stories Among the Georgia Coastal Negroes. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1940.

Gomez, Michael A. Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Gomez, Michael A. Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Guridy, Frank Andre. Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Martin, Phyllis M. and Patrick O’Meara, Editors. Africa, 3rd Edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995.

Pollitzer, William S. The Gullah People and Their African Heritage. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1999.

Roman, Miriam Jimenez and Juan Flores, Editors. The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. Durham, Duke University Press, 2010.

Wood, Betty. Slavery in Colonial America, 1619-1776. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.

Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Wright, Donald R. African Americans in the Colonial Period: From African Origins through the American Revolution (3rd Edition). Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2010.

Books Articles/Chapters and Journal Articles – Being Black in 21st Century America

 

Haney-Lopez, Ian. “The Evolution of Legal Constructions of Race and ‘Whiteness’” (pp. 299-306) in Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

“Lyndon Johnson and the End of the Quota System” (pp. 129-144, 286-287) in Daniels, Roger. Guarding the Golden Door. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004.

Manning, Patrick. “Why Africans? The Rise of the Slave Trade to 1700” (pp. 30-41) in Heuman, Gad and James Walvin, Editors. The Slavery Reader. London and New York: Routledge, 2003.

“Out of Africa: African Immigration to the United States” (pp. 177-180) in Taylor, Jr., Quintard. From Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African-American History, Vol. 2. Boston, Massachusetts: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.

Shaw-Taylor, Yoku. “The Intersection of Assimilation, Race, Presentation of Self, and Transnationalism in America” (pp. 1-35) in Shaw-Taylor, Yoku and Steven A. Tuch. The Other African Americans: Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.

“The Broken Links” (pp. 29-45) in Asante, Molefi Kete. The African American People: A Global History. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

Books Articles/Chapters and Journal Articles – Religion in America/Islam


“Across the Black Atlantic: The First Muslims in North America” (pp. 1-22) in Curtis IV, Edward E. Muslims in America: A Short History. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Ahmed, Gutbi Mahdi. “Muslim Organizations in the United States” (pp. 11-24) in Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Editor. The Muslims of America. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

“Balali: African Patriarch in Georgia” (pp. 265-307) in Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: A Sourcebook. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1984.

Berg, Herbert. “Mythmaking in the African American Muslim Context: The Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam, and the American Society of Muslims” Journal of the American Academy of Religion September 2005, Vol. 73, No. 3, pp. 685-703

“Bridge Building: A New Multireligious America” (pp. 335-386) in Eck, Diana L. A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Now Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

“Constructing the American Muslim Community” (pp. 175-198) in in Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, et al, Editors. Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Experiences in the United States. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2003.

“Convergence and Divergence in an Emergent Community: A Study of Challenges Facing U.S. Muslims” (pp. 236-249) in Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Editor. The Muslims of America. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

“God and Man: Religion” (pp. 134-143) in Pollitzer, William S. The Gullah People and Their African Heritage. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1999.

Hanson, John H. “Islam and African Societies” (pp. 97-114) in Martin, Phyllis M. and Patrick O’Meara, Editors. Africa, 3rd Edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995.

“Introduction to a New America” (pp. 1-25) in Eck, Diana L. A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Now Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

“Islam Comes to America” (pp. 51-77) in Smith, Jane I. Islam in America, 2nd Edition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

“Islam in America: The Mosaic” (pp. 159-174) in Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, et al, Editors. Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Experiences in the United States. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2003.

“Mecca” (pp. 366-393) in Haley, Alex (as told to). The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, 1965.

“Muslims in Early America.” Michael A. Gomez (pp. 76-111) in Spickard, Paul, Editor. Race and Immigration in the United States. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

“Prayin’ on Duh Bead” (pp. 59-87) in Gomez, Michael A. Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

“Religion” (pp. 143-148) in Wright, Donald R. African Americans in the Colonial Period: From African Origins through the American Revolution (3rd Edition). Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2010.

 “Religion Lives” (pp. 49-59) in Wood, Betty. Slavery in Colonial America, 1619-1776. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.

“Sapelo Island” (pp. 158-172) in Drums and Shadows: Survival Stories Among the Georgia Coastal Negroes. Georgia Writers’ Project, Savannah Unit, Work Projects Administration. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1940.

Sobel, Mechal. “How White and Black Cultures Merged: Culture as Social Relations” (pp. 140-156) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

“The Awakening to the Spirit in Virginia” (pp. 178-203) in Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987.

“’There are Good Men in America, but All Are Very Ignorant of Africa’ – and Its Muslims” (pp. 3-29) in Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles. New York and London: Routledge, 1997.

“Worlds Old and New” (pp. 1-20) in Butler, Jon and Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer. Religion in American Life: A Short History, 2nd Edition. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Documents


“A Muslim Merchant, Ayubah Suleiman Diallo, Recalls His Capture and Enslavement (1733) (pp. 45-47) in Mintz, Steven, Editor. African American Voices: A Documentary Reader, 1619-1877. West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

“A Muslim Sodbuster’s Tale” (pp. 70-71) in Muslims in America: A Short History. Curtis IV, Edward E. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Allen, Richard. “The Life, Experience, and Gospel Labors of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen” (1833) (pp. 144-151) in Gates, Jr., Henry Louis and Jennifer Burton (Editors). Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011.

Allen, Richard. “The Rise of African American Churches” (1833) in Finkenbine, Roy E. Sources of the African American Past, 2nd Edition. New York: Pearson Education, 2004.

Edwards, Jonathan. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

“Early Slave Conversion Attempts of Francis Le Jau, an Anglican Minister, 1706-1717” (pp. 115-117) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

“Fatwa Against Terrorism” (pp. 117-118) in Muslims in America: A Short History. Curtis IV, Edward E. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Founding the African Methodist Episcopal Church” (1833) (pp. 45-46) in Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African-American History, Vol. 1. Boston, Massachusetts: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.

“George Whitfield, a Religious Revivalist, Encourages Conversion and Education, 1740” (pp. 117-119) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

“Jihad With Grandad” (pp. 95-96) in Muslims in America: A Short History. Curtis IV, Edward E. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

 “Landon Carter, a Slavemaster, Confronts the Problem of Slave Conversion, 1776” (pp. 123-124) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Lee, Jarena. “The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee (1836) (pp. 152-160) in Gates, Jr., Henry Louis and Jennifer Burton (Editors). Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011.

“Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks upon Signing the Immigration Bill (1965)” (pp. 267-269) in Breen, T.H. The Power of Words: Documents in American History. Vol. II: From 1865.

Malcolm X, “Letter from Saudi Arabia (1964) (pp. 610-611) in Gates, Jr., Henry Louis and Jennifer Burton (Editors). Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011.

Morse, Samuel F.B. “The ‘Dangers’ of the Roman Catholic Immigrant” (1835) (pp. 136-138) in Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Muhammad, Elijah, “Program and Position: What Do the Muslims Want? (1965) (pp. 612-614) in Gates, Jr., Henry Louis and Jennifer Burton (Editors). Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011.

“Peter Randolph, a Former Virginia Slave, Describes the Religious Gatherings Slaves Held Outside of Their Masters’ Supervision (1893) (pp. 142-145) in Mintz, Steven, Editor. African American Voices: A Documentary Reader, 1619-1877. West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Stewart, Maria. “Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality: The Sure Foundation on Which We Must Build” (1831) (pp. 30-44) in Jones, Angela, Editor. The Modern African American Political Thought Read: From David Walker to Barack Obama. New York and London: Routledge, 2013.

“The Autobiography of a Muslim American Slave” (pp. 23-24) in Muslims in America: A Short History. Curtis IV, Edward E. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“The Conversion Experience of John Marrant, 1802” (pp. 121-123) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

“The Great Awakening Comes to Weathersfield, Connecticut: Nathan Cole’s Spiritual Travels”

“The Later Fruits of the Great Awakening” (pp. 204-213) in Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987.

“The Qur’an in 1920s Black America” (pp. 45-46) in Muslims in America: A Short History. Curtis IV, Edward E. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Two Letters from Savannah, Georgia, on the Progress of Baptist Churches, 1792, 1800” (pp. 124-127) in Holt, Thomas C. and Elsa Barkley Brown. Major Problems in African-American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Immigration


Anbinder, Tyler. “The Ideology of the Know Nothing Party” (pp. 152-160) in Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Barkan, Elliott. “The Recent Era of Immigration to the United States, 1965 to the Present” (pp. 465-475) in Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Daniels, Roger. Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004.

Daniels, Roger and Otis L. Graham. Debating American Immigration: 1882-Present. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001.

Gabaccia, Donna R. and Vicki L. Ruiz. American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U.S. Immigration History. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press: 2006.

Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Gonzalez, Juan. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. New York: Penguin Books, 2011.

Omi, Michael and Harold Winant. “Racial Formations” (pp. 13-22) in Rothenberg, Paula S. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study, 3rd Edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Spickard, Paul, Editor. Race and Immigration in the United States. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

Zolberg, Aristide R. A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.

Internet Sources – Being Black in 21st Century America


Capps, Randy and Kristen McCabe and Michael Fix. “New Streams: Black African Migration to the United States” (2011) A project conducted jointly by the Migration Policy Institute and the European University Institute

Kent, Mar Mederios. “Immigration and America’s Black Population” Population Bulletin Vol. 62, No. 4 December 2007.

The Immigration Act of 1924" (The Johnson-Reed Act)

Thomas, Kevin J.A. “A Demographic Profile of Black Caribbean Immigrants in the United States” (2012) A project of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

Who Was Shut Out?: Immigration Quotas, 1925-1927

Internet Sources – Religion in America/Islam


Davis, Kenneth C. “America’s True History of Religious Tolerance.” Smithsonian magazine, October 2010

Establishment Clause

First Amendment

Religion and the New Republic

“The First Great Awakening: Religion in 18th Century America

The Second Great Awakening and the Rise of Evangelicalism

The Roots of Muslim Rage” in The Atlantic, 1990.

Religion (Broad)


Allitt, Patrick. Religion in America Since 1945: A History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

Butler, Jon  and Grant  Wacker and Randall Balmer. Religion in American Life: A Short History, 2nd Edition n. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Eck, Diana L. A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Now Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, et al, Editors. Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Experiences in the United States. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003.

Prothero, Stephen, Editor. A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Islam


Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: A Sourcebook. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1984.

Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles. New York and London: Routledge, 1997.

Clegg III, Claude Andrew. An Original Man: the Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Curtis IV, Edward E. Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006

Curtis IV, Edward E. Muslims in America: A Short History. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Daniel, Norman. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image. Chatham, New York and Oxford: Oneworld Publications Ltd., 1993.

Diouf, Sylviane A. Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. New York and London: New York University Press: 1998.

Gardell, Mattias. In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam (The C. Eric Lincoln Series on the Black Experience). Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. A Century of Islam in America. Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Institute, 1986.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. Becoming American? The Forging of Arab and Muslim Identity in Pluralist America. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2011.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Editor. The Muslims of America. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Haddad, Yvonne Y., Jane I. Smith and Kathleen M. Moore. Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Haley, Alex (as told to). The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, 1965.

Lincoln, C. Eric. The Black Muslims in America, 3rd Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan and Trenton, N.J.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. and Africa World Press, Inc. (published jointly), 1994.

Marable, Manning. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. New York: Viking Penguin, 2011.

Marable, Manning and Hishaam D. Aidi, Editors. Black Routes to Islam. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

Smith, Jane I. Islam in America, 2nd Edition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Turner, Richard Brent. Islam in the African-American Experience, 2nd Edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2003.

Films

  • “First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Freedom” (DVD)
  • “God in America (DVD)
  • “America at a Crossroad: Muslim Americans (DVD)
  • “Africa: The Story of a Continent” Programs 03 and 04 (specifically, “Caravans of Gold) (VHS) (1986)
  • “Prince Among Slaves” (DVD)
  • “The Time Has Come: 1964-1965” (DVD) (applicable excerpt in this episode) from PBS “Eyes on the Prize” Documentary
  • “The Neo-African-American” (DVD)
  • “Black in Latin America” (DVD) (Four Episodes)
  • “Volume 1: The Downward Spiral” (1619 through 1739) (DVD) from PBS “Slavery and the Making of America” Documentary
  • “Rain in a Dry Land” (DVD)
  • “Lost Boys of Sudan” (DVD)
  • “Village  of 100” 3rd Edition (DVD)