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George C. Wright


A History of Blacks In Kentucky:  In Pursuit of Equality, 1890-1980, Volume II. Frankfort: Kentucky Historical Society, November 1992.

Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings."  Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, May 1990.  Recipient of the "Governor's Award" presented by the Kentucky Historical Society for the best book on Kentucky history published between 1986-1990.  Selected by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States as an "Outstanding Book" on the subject of human rights.

Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, September 1985.  Co-recipient of the "Governor's Award" presented by the Kentucky Historical Society for the best book on Kentucky History published between 1982-1986.


Selected Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays

“Growing Up Segregated,” in Elizabeth Jacoway and C. Fred Williams, eds.,  Understanding the Little Rock Crisis:   An Exercise in Remembrance and Reconciliation.   Fayette:  University of Arkansas Press, 1999.


“Lessons I Learned from My Teachers,” in Judy Reinhartz and Don M. Beach, eds., Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School.  New York:  Prentice Hall, 1997.



“By the Book: The Legal Executions of Kentucky Blacks,” in W. Fitzhugh Brundage,


 ed., Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.


“Commentary on Raymond Arsenault’s ‘The Folklore of Southern Demagoguery,’” in Charles Eagles, ed., Is There A Southern Political Tradition?  Jackson:  University of Mississippi Press, 1996.



“The Contexts of Southern Lynchings:  New Answers to Old Questions,” The Georgia 


Historical Quarterly, Summer 1995.


"The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky, 1900-1970," in W. Marvin Dulaney, ed., Essays on the Significance of the Civil Rights Movement in American History.  College Station:  Texas A&M University Press, November 1993.



"Afro-Americans in  Kentucky," in The Encyclopedia of Kentucky.  Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, August 1992.



"Race Relations After 1865," in James Klotter, ed., Our Kentucky:  A Study of The 


Bluegrass State.  Lexington:  University of Kentucky Press, June 1992.


"The End For Me, But A Beginning For Others:  My Years of Research On Kentucky Blacks," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, June 1992.



"Executions of Afro-Americans in Kentucky, 1870-1940," The Georgia Journal of 


Southern Legal History, Winter 1991.


"The Forced Removal of Afro-Americans from Rural Kentucky,"  Reflections:


Occasional Papers on Research in Kentucky Public Records, Volume 1, Number 1, 1990.


History Museum Review, "Harlem Renaissance:  Art of Black America," Journal of 


American History, June 1990.


"William H. Steward:  Moderate Approach to Black Leadership," in August Meier and


 Leon Litwack, eds., Black Leaders of the 19th Nineteenth Century.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, March 1988.


"The Billy Club and the Ballot:  Police Intimidation of Blacks in Louisville, 1880-


1930," Southern Studies, Spring 1984.


"Black Political Insurgency in Louisville, Kentucky:  The Lincoln Independent Party of 1921," Journal of Negro History, Winter 1983.  This article was the co-recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Award for the best article published in the Journal of Negro History for the years 1983-1987.



"Oral History and the Search for the Black Past in Kentucky," Oral History Review,


Fall 1982.


"Desegregation of Public Accommodations in Louisville, Kentucky,"  in David Colburn 


and Elizabeth Jacoway, eds., Southern Businessmen and Desegregation.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982.


"The NAACP and Residential Segregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1914-1917,"


Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, January 1980.  This article won the Richard Collins Award as the best article appearing in the Journal for 1980.


"The Faith Plan:  A Black Institution Grows During the Depression," The Filson Club 


History Quarterly, October 1977.


"The Founding of Lincoln Institute," The Filson Club History Quarterly, January 1975.

Reprinted in Kentucky: Its Heritage and People, Fred Hood, ed.  St. Louis: Forum Press, 1978.