Aptheker, Herbert. A Documentary History of Negro People in the United States: From Colonial Times through the Civil War. New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1990.
By tracking, gathering, and assembling obscure or inaccessible firsthand testimony by blacks on the breadth and depth of the African American experience, Aptheker is able to present a history that was once non-existent on Black people in America.
Blackmon, Douglas. Slavery By Another Name. London: Icon Books, 2012.
Douglas A. Blackmon brings to the forefront one of the most disgraceful chapters in American history—an "Age of Neoslavery" that flourished from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II by using a enormous record of original documents and personal narratives.
Foner, Eric. A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.
This text is a study of the aftermath of the Civil War, and the South's failure to adjust to the change brought by the Civil War.
Oshinsky, David. Worse Than Slavery. New York: Anchor Books, 2008.
By drawing on police and prison records and oral histories, David M. Oshinsky presents an account of Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm; which tells us about our past in a nation deeply divided by race.
Woodward, C. Vann. Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Strange Career of Jim Crow is a book that offers a clear and enlightening study of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s. Woodward convincingly shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s.