Free eBooks on Antiracism, Policing and Black History in America

Free eBooks on Antiracism, Policing and Black History in America

There are so many resources available for exploration of the histories that aren't widely known, for how our conflicts of today have arisen over decades, and how we can address these issues going forward.

There's a lot to take in, so I thought it would be useful to sort what's available by specific topic, so that folks can get straight to what they need to address what is most pressing for them.

It seems obvious, but if you can pay for these, do so, preferably from a black-owned bookstore. But if you can't, don't sweat it until you can. Income inequality is one of the oldest and most effective means of subjugation, partially because to be informed takes both money and time. It is no mistake that chronically underpaid people are deprived of both.

This list is only of offers that last beyond the end of June, broken down by topic. Each work will have a separate link, and the various collections will be listed at the end.

  • Policing and Abolition
    • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?
      Police Violence and Resistance in the United States
      Edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price
    • Against Police Violence
      including Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Huey P. Newton, and more.
      from Seven Stories Press
    • Invisible No More:
      Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
      by Andrea Ritchie,  intro by Angela Davis
      From Barnes & Noble
    • The End of Protest
      How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent
      by Alasdair Roberts
      From Cornell University Press
  • City-specific
    • Black Lives and Spatial Matters
      Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom in Suburban St. Louis
      by Jodi Rios
      From Cornell University Press
    • New Deal Ruins
      Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy
      by Edward G. Goetz (Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans)
      From Cornell University Press
  • Black History
    • Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954:
      An Intellectual History
      by Stephanie Y. Evans
      From Barnes & Noble 
    • "We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less"
      The African American Struggle for Equal Rights in the North during Reconstruction
      by Hugh Davis
      From Cornell University Press
    • In the Words of Frederick Douglass
      Quotations from Liberty's Champion
      by Frederick Douglass
      Edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman
      From Cornell University Press
  • Audio Books



Cornell has made their collection of books on policing, inequality and Black history available for free for several months in order to contribute to discussions and growth on this issue.

The free ebooks on policing and police violence listed at BookRiot have various expirations, so get them while you can.

Consistantly available:
Project Gutenberg has long housed vast quantities of text, though by doing so it demonstrates how not all texts are equally valuable. This Index of Works on Black History includes works on white history and straight-up fiction that the indexer deemed relevant. I only recommend it for the many Black voices therein.

The Digital Book Index is also rather outdated, and more international in scope, so less specific, but still available if you're interested in perspectives across time and/or the globe


Also check your local, country or state public library system! Some libraries have adjusted their licensing in the last few weeks to make more digital or Audible copies of antiracist and related books available.

If you live in PA, the Free Library of Philly has a collection pulled together that includes books and resources for kids, which may be extra helpful with if camps are closed in your area for the summer, as they are here. DC Public Library adjusted their licenses for the summer, especially for antiracist texts.


IVP is offering 50% off a range of relevant ebooks until the end of June.

Initially free, Verso Books is offering The End of Policing by Alex Vitale, and Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall for $3 each.

And that's it! I hope that this list helped you find the tools you need for your journey, and that these offers are all still good by the time you get here.


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