Kidada E. Williams

Longlist, 2023 National Book Awards

Kidada E. Williams is an Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University. She is the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I, co-author of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, and creator of the podcast Seizing Freedom.
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I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction

ISBN 9781635576634 Bloomsbury Publishing

The story of Reconstruction is often told from the perspective of the politicians, generals, and journalists whose accounts claim an outsized place in collective memory. But this pivotal era looked very different to African Americans in the South transitioning from bondage to freedom after 1865. More about this book >

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Kidada E. Williams

Kidada E. Williams is an Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University. She is the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I, co-author of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, and creator of the podcast Seizing Freedom. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and multiple scholarly journals. She lives in Detroit.

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