Cheryl Greenberg

Cheryl Greenberg

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Cheryl Greenberg is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College where she teaches African American history, race and ethnicity, and twentieth-century U.S. history. She has written extensively on these topics including several books: "Or Does It Explode?": Black Harlem in the Great Depression (1991); Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century (2006); and To Ask for an Equal Chance (2009), a text with documents on African Americans during the Great Depression. She also edited A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC (1998). She is currently working on a project about African American attitudes about gay marriage; editing the memoir and oral history of a civil rights organizer in Marks, Mississippi; and writing a book on the history of civil rights organizations' attitudes toward hate speech.


  • The Civil Rights Movement as Usable Past *
  • Why "Black Lives Matter" Should Matter to Whites *
  • Good Liberals: A History of Black-Jewish Relations and Why It Matters
  • Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties: The Case of Hate Speech *
  • Trigger Warnings, Racist Symbols, and Free Speech: American Campuses Today *
  • Liberal NIMBY: American Jews and Civil Rights in the North
  • Southern Jews and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights Responses to Japanese Internment

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.