What to Read in the Aftermath of the Election

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I keep getting Washington’s “One Last Time” from Hamilton stuck in my head.

I wanna talk about neutrality

I want to warn against partisan fighting

Pick up the pen, start writing

I wanna talk about what I have learned

The hard-won wisdom I have earned

It’s his dedicated, motivated, focused approach to what he wants to get done.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt as motivated to have a dedicated reading list. I want to read about Andrew Jackson and his populist presidency and how people reacted. I want to read about Herbert Hoover’s disastrous administration and how FDR made the New Deal happen. I want to read about black history. I want to read about the immigrant experience. I want to read about how people have made change happen. I want to understand why the other side is so angry and how we can work on addressing that anger.

Here’s the beginning of my new reading list:

Jackson & Populism

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

The Populist Explosion by John Judis


American Anger

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin


Hoover, FDR, and the New Deal

Herbert Hoover in the White House by Charles Rappleye

The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics by Jefferson Cowie


Black History/Current Events

Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry



We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez



We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch

Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks

The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn