About the Author(s)
Nancy Bristow is Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound. She is the author of American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic (OUP, 2012) and Making Men Moral: Social Engineering during the Great War.
"Crisp, readable....Steeped in the Blood of Racism is a clarion call to acknowledge Jackson State's signal place in U.S. culture and, more importantly, to better examine how discourses of structural racism create the conditions that enable state violence and the factors that shape its apprehension and remembrance." -- David Kieran, Journal of American History
"Steeped in the Blood of Racism is a luminous revelation. Nancy K. Bristow's groundbreaking book represents a remarkable and long overdue history of the Jackson State shootings and their critical importance to the way we understand the Black Power era and our own. A must read."
-- Peniel E. Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr
"In this meticulous reconstruction of the May 15, 1970 shooting at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Nancy Bristow offers a compelling account of the events of that day and their subsequent erasure from American national memory. Mischaracterized as another 'Kent State' or dismissed through a dangerous law and order narrative, the shootings at Jackson State were instead part of a much longer history of white supremacist violence directed at the black community. Steeped in the Blood of Racism is an important book that demonstrates why this shooting has been so easily forgotten and why it is so important that it be remembered."
-- Renee Romano, Oberlin College
"Finally we have an honest, deeply researched, searing account of the police killings of two Black students at Jackson State. Yes, Mississippi Goddamn! But sadly, the impunity of law enforcement for antiblack violence remains a nationwide crisis." -- Martha Biondi, author of The Black Revolution on Campus
"For readers intent on social change, Bristow's chronicle of events and analysis of developments, particularly the contest over the shootings' meaning, palpably demonstrate how much historical memory matters." -- Library Journal
"Bristow's erudite and evocative text on the Jackson State massacre is an important and essential addition to the library of books on the 1960s and 1970s in the United States."