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Post-Event Resources: Reckoning With Our History

The resources below are being offered following the June 29 DoIT Equity & Diversity Committee event, “Reckoning With Our History: UW–‍Madison’s History of Discrimination and Resistance.” Special thanks to presenter Kacie Lucchini Butcher, director of UW–Madison’s Public History Project.

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UW–‍Madison-Specific Resources

Departments and units across campus are doing important work to recognize the history of the racism and discrimination in our country and providing educational opportunities and resources for faculty and staff to learn more about building an anti-racist future. The following is a small sample of these resources.

Our Shared Future

Our Shared Future is more than a heritage marker. Our Shared Future represents UW–Madison’s commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin. It is a first step that calls on each of us—faculty, staff, and students—to deeply consider our shared past and present with Indigenous peoples in this place, Teejop, and to make our own personal and institutional commitments to achieve a shared future with them. To learn more about Our Shared Future and to access resources on Indigenous history, visit their website.

Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) supports the mission of UW–Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners at the university. To access resources, educational materials, and to learn more about upcoming training and events, visit their website.

Multicultural Student Center Social Justice Toolkit

The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) has compiled resources to start individuals on their education. Many of these resources are centered on the white experience of seeking to be anti-racist but they can be useful as well for non-black POC seeking to reflect and take action against anti-blackness within their communities. For more information about the Social Justice Toolkit, visit their website.

Office of Inclusion Education

Inclusion Education was formed in August 2020 to elevate and prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion for all students at UW. They offer a broad array of learning opportunities for students that contribute to their Wisconsin Experience. They have compiled a list of campus resources.

Inclusion@UW

Inclusion@UW is specifically designed for employees to learn and practice skills that build our collective capacity to promote UW–Madison’s commitment to “value the contributions of each person… and create a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background.”

Through interactive workshops, shared discussion, intentional practice, and researched strategies, each course aims to empower you with knowledge and skills that support—fully and actively—healthy, inclusive, and engaging practices. For more information, visit their website.

UW Libraries Anti-Racism Resources

The UW–Madison Libraries have a large collection of materials about anti-racist theory and practice, a number of which are available electronically. Made available on their website are a selection of anti-racist works electronically available through the UW–Madison Libraries.

Office of Access, Inclusion, and Compliance – Division of Extension | Anti-Racism Resource Library

The Office of Access, Inclusion, and Compliance has compiled a list of resources for Extension professionals and others in the UW community. To access the library, visit their website.


History Resources

The Public History Project regularly publishes blog posts highlighting the history of UW–Madison. To see our newest blog post, please visit our website.

In the process of researching for the Public History Project, our team has used the following resources to aid in our research. They have been divided by topic. This list is by no means exhaustive. If we’ve missed a book you think is important to include, please email publichistoryproject@wisc.edu.

Higher Education/UW–Madison History

The University of Wisconsin: A Pictorial History by Arthur Hove
Madison: A history of the formative years by David V. Mollenhoff
The University of Wisconsin: A History by Merle Curti
Madison in the Sixties by Stu Levitan
Wisconsin, The New Home of the Jew: 150 Years of Jewish Life at UW–Madison by Jonathan Pollock
A People’s History of American Higher Education by Philo A. Hutcheson
American Higher Education Since World War II: A History by Roger L Geiger
In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities by Davarian Baldwin
Undermining Racial Justice: How One University Embraced Inclusion & Equality by Matthew Johnson
Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity by Sekile M. Nzinga
For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America by Charles Dorn
The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities by Nicholas L. Syrett
They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 by David Maraniss
Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties by Matthew Levin

Black History

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
The Black Revolution on Campus by Martha Biondi
The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972 by Ibram X. Kendi
The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom by Eddie R. Cole
White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies And the Crisis of Race And Higher Education by Noliwe M. Rooks
Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families by Muriel Simms
Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay by Shanna Greene Benjamin

LGBTQ+ History

We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History by Richard Wagner
Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History by Richard Wagner
We Will Always Be Here: A Guide to Exploring and Understanding the History of LGBTQ+ Activism in Wisconsin by Jenny Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson
The Lavender Scare: Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government by David K. Johnson
Departing from Deviance: The History of Homosexual Rights and Emancipatory Science in America by David Minton
Making Gay History by Eric Marcus
A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion by Z Nicolazzo

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) History

Hmong in Wisconsin (People of Wisconsin) by Mai Zong Vue
The Good Immigrant: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority by Madeline Y. Hsu
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae Ngai
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora by Chia Youyee Vang
A New History of Asian America by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

Chicanx and Latinx History

Mexicans in Wisconsin (People of Wisconsin) by Sergio González
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuna
Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson
From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America by Vicki L. Ruiz
Campus Counterspaces: Black and Latinx Students’ Search for Community at Historically White Universities by Micere Keels
My Time Among the Whites: Notes From an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet,

Native and Indigenous History

Wisconsin Indian Literature: Anthology of Native Voices edited by Kathleen Tigerman
Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal by Patty Loew
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Playing Indian by Philip J. Deloria
Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums by Amy Lonetree
People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942 by Amy Lonetree
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture by Chip Colwell
Our History Is the Future by Nick Estes
Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah
Killing the White Man’s Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century by Fergus Bordewich
Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America by Edgar S. Cahn
Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr.
Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science by Kim TallBear
Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement by Dennis Banks

Disability Justice and Disability History

A Disability History of the United States by Kim Nielsen
The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public by Susan Marie Schweik
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner
Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design by Bess Williamson

History of Whiteness in the United States

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class by Eric Lott
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David R. Roediger
Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs by David R. Roediger
Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post–Civil Rights America by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race by Matthew Frye Jacobson