Online Resources

Recommended Books

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Joy DeGruy Leary (Uptone Press, 2005)
  • The Hidden Wound, by Wendell Berry (North Point Press, 1989)
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (The New Press, 2010)
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas Blackmon (Doubleday, 2008)
  • Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It, by Shelly Tochluk (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010)
  • The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community is Threatened, by Carolyn Yoder (Good Books, 2005)
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr (Good Books, 2002)
  • Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations, by Roy L. Brooks (University of California Press, 2004)
  • A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (Harper, 2003)

Recommended Films

  • The Ghost in Your Genes; the BBC documentary on Epigenetics, the newly emerging field of science that studies how past events (including trauma) trigger our genes in ways that are passed down through generations.
  • Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; the documentary in which Tom is featured and led to the writing of his first book. Ten relatives of the largest slave-trading dynasty in U.S. history retrace the route of their ancestors through the notorious Triangle Slave Trade from New England to Ghana and Cuba.
  • Shared History; directed by Felicia Furman, the story of descendants of slaves and slave owners who begin to explore their centuries-old connection.
  • Moving Midway; directed by Godfrey Cheshire, a story of one Southern plantation, the descendants of people – black and white – connected to it, and the legacy of slavery.
  • Meeting David Wilson; directed by David A. Wilson. Two men named David Wilson, one black and one white, meet to come to terms with their history: the white David’s ancestors once owned the black David’s ancestors.
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