This General Bibliography features a selected list of books focused primarily on American American history, art, and culture. If you have a suggested book that you think we should include, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anderson, Henry Clay, Shawn Wilson, Clifton L. Taulbert, and Mary Panzer. Separate But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson. New York: PublicAffairs, 2002.
Baigell, Matthew. Artist and Identity in Twentieth-Century America. Cambridge,UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Bearden, Romare, and Harry Henderson. A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present. New York: Pantheon, 1993.
Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. with Spelman College, 1996.
Berger, Martin A. Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Berger, Maurice. For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.
Bieze, Michael. Booker T. Washington and the Art of Self-Representation. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
Biggers, John, Whitfield Lovell, and Michael Rosenfeld. John Biggers: My America: The 1940s and 1950s: Paintings, Sculpture & Drawings. New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2004.
Binstock, Jonathan P. Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
Bond, Julian, and Andrew Lewis. Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table. New York: Forbes, 2000.
Brookman, Philip. Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective, Gordon Parks. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1997.
Brownlee, Andrea Barnwell, and Charles White. Charles White. Petaluma, CA: Pomegranate Communications, 2002.
Bullard, Sara. Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Caro, Julie Levin, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Edmund Barry Gaither. Allan Rohan Crite: Artist-Reporter of the African American Community. Seattle: Frye Art Museum, 2001.
Collins, Lisa Gail, and Margo Natalie Crawford. New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Newark: Rutgers University Press, 2006.
Craven, David, Ann Eden Gibson, Lowery S. Sims, and Jorge D. Veneciano. Norman Lewis: Black Paintings, 1946--1977. New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 1998.
Driskell, David C., ed. African American Visual Aesthetics: A Postmodernist View. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.
Driskell, David C., and Greg Tate. Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. New York: Prestel USA, 2011.
Everett, Gwen. African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
Farrington, Lisa E. Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Fine, Ruth, and Jacqueline Francis. Romare Bearden, American Modernist. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2011.
Forman, Murray, and Mark Anthony Neal, eds. That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Francis, Jacqueline. "Making History: Malvin Gray Johnson's and Earle W. Richardson's Studies for Negro Achievement." In The Social and the Real: Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere, edited by Alejandro Anreus, Diana L. Linden, and Jonathan Weinberg. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006.
Freed, Leonard. Black in White America. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010.
Fusco, Coco, and Brian Wallis. Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
Gardullo, Paul, and Michelle Delaney. Picturing the Promise: The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2009.
Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd. "The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past." Journal of American History 91, no. 4.
Harris, Michael D. Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
Henkes, Robert. The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty-four Artists of the Twentieth Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1993.
Herzog, Melanie Anne. Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2005.
Hills, Patricia. Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. A History of the African American People: The History, Traditions & Culture of African Americans. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1997.
Joseph, Peniel E. Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History: 1954--68. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.
Langa, Helen. Radical Art: Printmaking and the Left in 1930s New York. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
Leeming, David. Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
LeFalle-Collins, Lizzetta, and Shifra M. Goldman. In the Spirit of Resistance: African-American Modernists and the Mexican Muralist School. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1996.
Leininger-Miller, Theresa. New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922--1934. Newark: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
Lewis, Samella. Art: African American. New York: Hancraft Studios, 1990.
Mathews, Marcia M. Henry Ossawa Tanner: American Artist. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1995.
McCormick, Carlo, Marc Schiller, and Sara Schiller. Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art. Köln, Germany: Taschen, 2010.
Mosby, Dewey F. Across Continents and Cultures: The Art and Life of Henry Ossawa Tanner. Kansas City, MO: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1995.
Natanson, Nicholas. "From Sophie's Alley to the White House: Rediscovering the Visions of Pioneering Black Government Photographers." Prologue 29, no. 2, Summer 1997.
Painter, Nell Irvin. Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Patton, Sharon F. African-American Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Perry, Regenia A. Free within Ourselves: African-American Artists in the Collection of the National Museum of American Art. Petaluma, CA: Pomegranate Communications Inc., 1992.
Powell, Richard J. Black Art: A Cultural History. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
——. Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1993.
Bailey, David A., Richard J. Powell, Simon Callow, Andres D. Barnwell, Jeffrey C. Stewart, Paul Gilroy, Martina Attille, Henry Louis Gates Jr. Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Powell, Richard J., and Jock Reynolds. To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Boston: The MIT Press, 1999.
Smethurst, James. The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Sugrue, Thomas. Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. New York: Random House, 2009.
Wardlaw, Alvia J. Charles Alston. Petaluma, CA: Pomegranate Communications, 2007.
Wardlaw, Alvia J. The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room. New York: Harry N. Abrams with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995.
Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years: 1954--1965. New York: Viking Penguin, 1987.
Willis, Deborah. Posing Beauty: African American Images from 1890 to the Present. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Willis, Deborah. Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2002.
Willis, Deborah, and Jane Lusaka. Visual Journal: Harlem and D.C. in the Thirties and Forties. Illustrated edition. Washington, DC: Smithsonian, 1996.
Willis, Deborah, ed. Let Your Motto Be Resistance. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2008.
Willis-Braithwaite, Deborah, and Rodger C. Birt. VanDerZee: Photographer 1886—1983. 1st ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams with the National Portrait Gallery, 1993.
Withers, Ernest C., Jack F. Hurley, Brooks Johnson, and Daniel J. Wolff. Pictures Tell the Story: Ernest C. Withers Reflections in History. Norfolk, VA: Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000.