Readings and Resources

Reading List

Core Texts

Joyce Baugh, The Detroit Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2011)

Paul R. Diamond, “The Trial of Judge Roth, April to September, 1971) in Beyond Busing: Reflections on Urban Segregation, the Courts, and Equal Opportunity (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005). 

Angela Dillard, Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012)

W.B. Hartgrove, “The Story of Mary Louise Moore and Fannie M. Richards,” The Journal of Negro History 1, iss. 1 (Jan. 1916): 23-33. 

Leanne Kang, Dismantled: The Breakup of an Urban School System: Detroit 1980-2016 (New York: Teachers College Press, 2020)

Heather Lewis, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007), selections.

Tiya Miles, Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Bondage and Freedom in the City of Straits (New York: The New Press, 2017), selections.

Milliken v. Bradley, 418 U.S. 717 (1974)

Jeffrey Mirel, The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1907-1981, 2nd ed. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999). 

Elaine Latzman Moon, Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes Oral Histories: An Oral History of Detroit’s African American Community, 1918-1967 (Detroit: Detroit Urban League, 1993). 

Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook: A James Boggs Reader ed. by Stephen M. Ward (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011)

People ex rel. Workman v. Board of Education, 18 Mich. 400 (1869), excerpts.

Noliwe Rooks, Cutting School: The Segrenomics of American Education (New York: The New Press, 2020)

James Ryan, Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Thomas J. Sugrue, Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996), selections.

Heather Ann Thompson, Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004)

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, 2nd ed. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2015), selections. 

Voices from the Grassroots: An Oral History Project Documenting Grassroots Organizing for Racial Equity in Detroit

Supplemental Resources

James Anderson, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988). 

Herb Boyd, Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination (New York: Amistad, 2017). 

Matthew F. Delmont, Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to Desegregation (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016). 

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, and Legacies ed. by Joel Stone (Detroit: Painted Turtle Press, 2017)

W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction (New York: Free Press, 1998).

David M. P. Freund, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Mapping Inequality

Martha Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2018). 

Matthew B. Kautz and Yianella Blanco, “Youth Historians and the Radical Possibilities of Writing History,” The History Teacher, 55, no. 4.

Kyle T. Mays, City of Dispossession: Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, and the Creation of Modern Detroit (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022). 

Muhammad Khalifa, Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, and Terah Venzant Chambers, “White Gazes of Black Detroit: Milliken v. Bradley I, Postcolonial Theory, and Persistent Inequalities” Teachers College Record 118, iss. 3 (March 2016)

Joseph E. Peniel, Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America (New York: Griffin, 2007).

Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis, The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle outside the South (New York: New York University Press, 2019).

Segregated by Design

Heather Ann Thompson, “Unmaking the Motor City in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Journal of Law and Society (December, 2014): 41-61.