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Historians crowdsource key reads about racial violence in America

With the help of Twitter, scholars and librarians put together a Charleston Syllabus for educators to situate the shooting within racial and national contexts

In order to prevent history from repeating itself, first you have to understand it. In the wake of the massacre in Charleston last week, a group of historians in the US have turned to Twitter to crowdsource a list of suggested writings on the history of racial violence and race relations in America. Their website says that educators can use the list “to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015”.

The #CharlestonSyllabus, which can be found on this site, includes more than 200 titles – from key African American literature such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved or Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, general historical overviews, poetry, newspaper op-eds and readings on slavery, South Carolina, racial identities and more.

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