Brenda E. Stevenson
New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

Organization of American Historians’ James A. Rawley Prize as Best Book on History of Race Relations, 2014

The Contested Murder of latasha Harlins: justice, gender and the origins of the l.a. riots

“The unique circumstances fueled widespread public interest in the case and led Brenda E. Stevenson to use it as a lens to examine how the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and class shapes larger community relationships and pathologies. The result is an extraordinarily significant and very interesting book.”
-Kathleen A. Cairns, The American Historical Review

“Brenda Stevenson joins a number of scholars who have attempted to complicate our understanding of the causes and consequences of the tragic and destructive conflagration, but her contribution is unique and stands out due to its detailed and intersectional analysis…a model for scholarship on Los Angeles.”
-Regina Freer, Southern California Quarterly


Brenda E. Stevenson
New York: Oxford University Press, 1996
Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize for the Study of Human Rights in North America, 1997

life in black and white: Family and community in the slave south

Life in Black and White is an impressive example of the kind of local and regional history that for the last generation has transformed our understanding of the past…[Stevenson] is able to bring to life a fascinating variety of Southern whites, black slaves, and free blacks while also providing a broad view of economic, demographic, and social change from the mid-eighteenth century to the Civil War.”
-David Brion Davis, The New York Review of Books

“Richly nuanced…Life in Black and White is an engaging book that will appeal to persons interested in gender, slavery, family, and community studies…a welcome addition to the literature.”
-Wilma King, Journal of Southern History


Brenda E. Stevenson
Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press, 2015


Edited and Annotated by Brenda E. Stevenson
New York: Oxford University Press, 1988

The journals of charlotte forten grimke

The Schomburg Library is commendable not merely for the texts its retrieves and makes accessible…but also for the community of scholars it brings together…Here is not just one voice, but many—all lifted in a collective song of work, commitment and exhortation to pass it on.”
-Marilyn E. Mobley, The Women’s Review of Books

"Extraordinary...The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women's Writers allows us for the first time to see clearly the full dimensions of the literary achievement so black women...This magnificent project will dramatically change the landscape of African-American cultural history."
-Eric J. Sundquist, The New York Times Book Review


Editors, Darlene Clark Hine et al.
Senior Co-Editor, Brenda E. Stevenson
New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
RUSA Outstanding Reference Source, 2006
Booklist Editor’s Choice/Best of 2005 Title, 2005
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2005

Encyclopedia of black women in America, 3 vols.

“The essays offer fascinating glimpses into black women's economic, social, and political contributions, even at the grassroots level, and explore issues such as spirituality, domestic servitude, and mixed-race identity in terms of how they have shaped history…comprehensive work.”
-Vicki Reutter, School Library Journal

“The second edition of this landmark reference work is an essential purchase for academic, public, and high-school libraries…a valuable source.”
-Christine Whittington, Booklist


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Co-authored by Brenda E. Stevenson, Larry Gara, and
C. Peter Ripley
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1998

underground railroad: an epic in united states history