Things To Read

Dallas & Texas History

  • White Metropolis – Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas by Phillips, Michael
  • The Accomodation – The Politics of Race in American City (Dallas) by Schutze, Jim
  • Justice for All: The Untold History of Dallas by Williams, Roy and Kevin Shay
  • Hamilton Park: A planned Black community in Dallas by Wilson, William
  • Desegregating Schools in Dallas: Four Decades in the Federal Courts by Linden, Glenn
  • Lives and Times of Black Dallas Women by Winegarten, Ruthe and Marc Sanders.
  • Daughters of Dallas: A History of Greater Dallas Through the Voices and Deeds of Its Women by Castleberry, Virginia
  • The Dallas Myth: the Making and Unmaking of an American City by Graff, Harvey
  • Dallas Reconsidered: Essays in Local History by Hazel, Michael V
  • Dallas: A History of Big D by Hazel, Michael V Crusade for Conformity: The Ku Klux Klan in Texas, 1920-1930 by Alexander, Charles
  • Four Decades Later, Death Of 12-Year-Old Santos Rodriguez Still Reverberates KERA news article
  • The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture by Foley, Neil
  • Big D: Triumphs and Troubles of an American Supercity in the 20th Century by Payne, Darwin
  • Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas by Payne, Darwin
  • Dallas’s Little Mexico by Villasana, Sol
  • Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas by Payne, Darwin
  • Black Dixie: Afro-Texas History and Culture in Houston by Beeth, Howard, and Wintz, Carl (Eds.)
  • The African American Experience in Texas: an Anthology by Glasrud, Bruce
  • Freedom is not Enough: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Texas by Clayson, William
  • Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas by Hine, Darlene
  • The Freedmen’s Bureau and Black Texans by Crouch, Barry
  • Interactive: Texas’ Hispanic Population Swells by Murphy, Ryan

Justice & Political Landscape

  • Race and Class in Texas Politics by Davidson, Chandler
  • For the City As A Whole: Planning, Politics and Public Interest in Dallas, 1900-1965 by Fairbanks, Robert
  • Governance by Decree: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act in Dallas by Morgan, Ruth P.

Racism & Discrimination in America

  • The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations Duringthe Civil Rights Era by Behnken, Brian (Ed.)
  • Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas by Behnken, Brian (Ed.)
  • They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes Toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900 by de Leon, Arnoldo
  • The Health Outcomes of a Racist Society – Institutional racism kills people, literally, but change is possible. by Lyubansky, Mikhail, Ph.D.
  • No Mexicans, Women or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Orozco, Cynthia
  • Fire in the Heart – How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice by Warren, Mark R.
  • The Sleepy Lagoon Murder Case: Race Discrimination and Mexican-American Rights by Weitz, Mark
  • How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns by Braden Goyette

Research & Sources

  • Sources at the Dallas Public Library – Texas Dallas Collection on the 7th Floor:
    • John and Ethlyn Chisum Collection
    • Juanita Craft Collection
    • Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce Collection
    • The Dallas Express newspaper on microfilm (1920-1970)
    • Dallas Black History clipping folders
  • Sources at the Dallas Historical Society:
    • John Leslie Patton Papers
    • Minnie A. Flanagan Papers
    • Oral History Interviews:
      • George Allen, Dallas Mayors Oral History Project, 1983.
      • Joe Atkins, University of North Texas Oral History Collection, February 2, 2004.
      • Interview with Juanita Craft, Black Women Oral History Project, January 20, 1977.
      • Antonio Maceo Smith, Texas-Dallas Collection, January 2, 1978.
      • “Documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas County, Texas” An Oral History Project Co-Sponsored by the African-American Education Archives and History Program, the Dallas African American Museum, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Humanities Texas (2011). (34 interviews)


  • Click here to view the reading list of Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX
  • Race for Results, a Scorecard on Children’s Progress A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation