This was my starting point for Angela Davis. It’s rather short, but it covers most of the events Angela Davis was well known for, such as her imprisonment. It also covers the basic facts of age, occupation, etc. The most useful part of this website, however, can be found in the bottom of the article, under Angela Davis – Elsewhere on the Web. Here, I found two links to other information about Angela Davis, and a whole bunch of books that she’d written. I’d recommend this source for a quick look at Angela Davis, but for an in-depth biography Wikipedia would be your best bet.
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie
This page has some of the most comprehensive information about prisoners in the US, but unfortunately it focuses on why people are being put in jail (what they’re being charged for, essentially) rather than how factors like race and gender affect incarceration. This was still a very useful page, and is very informative and eye-opening about the prison system and the definitions and caveats that make it hard to gather data about incarceration.
Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment
This page has some information about how race and gender affect incarceration rates; in fact, it’s a very good source compared to the rest of what the internet has to offer. However, it focuses in on males and those between 25-29 years of age, excluding the role race plays in women and in older or younger populations. It still gives a general idea of those topics, but doesn’t show any statistics or numbers. I would still recommend this as a source because the data is recent (2010) and legitimate (Taken from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics and US Census).
Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census: State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity
This page is somewhat short, but offers a look at incarceration rates per state and notes some of the discrepancies in data, such as whether or not statistics include people are on parole or probation. This is a good place to look in depth at the different states, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have a lot of time.
Incarceration in the United States
Wikipedia, as always, offers a wealth of information. However, some of the data about race, gender, age etc. is in the form of fraction and percentages that can’t be properly compared with each other; for example, there may be a percentage of blacks in prison per 100,000 US residents, and then a percentage of what proportion of all incarcerated people are white. That makes it really hard to make my own inferences and calculations. But overall, this was a good place to check facts and had one of the largest compilations of US prison information I could find.
This is one of Angela Davis’s most recent books. It discusses her views on the Prison-Industrial Complex and Abolition Democracy, as well as race, gender and sexuality in the prison system after 9/11. She ends by speaking about social change and civil engagement. I found this to be a good source to help me understand the extent of her ideas, and figure out where she was coming from. However, this is a 200 or so page book, with quite dense text. I found myself reading only the chapters I was most interested in because of time constraints. On that note, if you would rather watch a YouTube video than read a book, many of Angela Davis’s presentations and speeches are online and are definitely worth a look.
This is a book written in 1972 by someone who knew Angela Davis. It was quite a different perspective from the book above, because it was written by a different person forty years ago. This book was really rich with stories and examples of Angela’s childhood, her high school and college years, and her early teaching career. It tells about the formation of her ideas, and how her travels and experienced affected her. For example, in Angela’s high school, the students would frequently go to protests and rallies, and the principal would make announcements about what to do if you were arrested. Again, because this is a book, you’ll need a little time to read through it. However, I found that the time passed quickly because of the engaging stories and vivid pictures portrayed throughout the book.