Fiction about Civil Rights and Race Relations
- Askew, Rilla. Fire in Beulah, 2001.
- The relationship between a white woman and her black maid during the Tulsa race riot of 1921.
- Baldwin, James. Another Country,
- Eight people become entangled in a web of interpersonal relationships, doomed to become as savage and destructive as the society which oppresses them.
- Bigsby, C. W. E. Beautiful Dreamer, 2006.
- A violent and harrowing Faulknerian tale of race relations in Tennessee in the early part of the century.
- French, Albert. Billy, 1993.
- An anonymous observer narrates the tale of ten-year-old Billy Lee, a black boy who is convicted and executed for the murder of a white girl in Barnes, Mississippi in the 1930s.
- Gaines, Ernest J. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1972.
- A dying woman of 110 years of age reminisces about her childhood on a plantation when both Confederate and Union soldiers arrived.
- Gaines, Ernest J. A Gathering of Old Men, 1983.
- Sheriff Mapes tries to identify the killer of a white Cajun farmer when both a white overseer and a group of black farmers all claim responsibility.
- Gaines, Ernest J. In My Father's House, 1978.
- The arrival of a newcomer results in confrontation with the Rev. Philip Martin, the town's most respected black man.
- Himes, Chester B. If He Hollers Let Him Go, 1986.
- Robert Jones, a charming, educated black man, enjoys the comfort and privileges of middle class life until an embittered white woman accuses him of rape.
- Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage,
- A newly freed slave in New Orleans stows away on an Africa bound slave ship.
- Lester, Julius. And All Our Wounds Forgiven, 1994.
- Fictional recreation of the 1960s civil rights movement and Martin Luther King's personal struggle with his role as leader.
- Naslund, Sena Jeter. Four Spirits, 2003
- In 1960s Alabama a sheltered white college student participates in a freedom movement and finds her life changed when she develops friendships with local African Americans.
- Styron, William. The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1967.
- A fictional examination of the mind of the man who led the most violent slave rebellion in American history.
- Toomer, Jean. Cane, 1923.
- Often credited with being the first major work of the Harlem Renaissance, these stories and poems explore issues of race and identity in the 1920s.
- Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885.
- A young boy living in mid-nineteenth century Missouri relates the many adventures that he and his friend Jim, an escaped slave, experience as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft. One of the most important novels ever written on race in America.
- Wright, Richard. Native Son, 1940.
- One of the most powerful novels about racism in America. The novel traces the fall of a young black man in 1930s Chicago as his life loses all hope of redemption after he kills a white woman.
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