Suggested Reading

Here is a list of works by noted authors and filmmakers compiled by the Faculty of American Culture and Literature:




Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)

Ben Burgess Jr., Defining Moments: Black and White (2020)

Matthew Carter, The Myth of the Western: New Perspectives on Hollywood’s Frontier Narrative (2014)

Peter Coviello, Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism (2019)

Terry Eagleton, Culture (2016)

James Horn, A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America (2021)

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)

Emily Ogden, Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism (2018)

Janice Radway, et al., American Studies: An Anthology (2009)

Julius Scott, The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution (2018)

Susan Stryker, Transgender History, Second Edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (2017)



Daniel Black, Listen to the Lambs (2016)

Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer (2019)

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed (1974)

George Lippard, The Quaker City, or the Monks of Monk Hall (1845)

Walter Mosley, The Right Mistake (2008)

Victoria C. Murray, Stand Your Ground (2015)

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Lost Ghosts: The Complete Weird Stories of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (2018)



The Ox-Bow Incident (William Wellman, 1943)

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)

Giant (George Stevens, 1956)

Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)


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