Bibliography | Steve McQueen, “Lynching Tree”

This bibliography includes books, articles, and online resources about artist Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London), who created Lynching Tree and directed the film 12 Years a Slave, and about the history of slavery and lynching in the United States.

Steve McQueen

Aitkenhead, Decca. "Steve McQueen: My Hidden Shame." The Guardian, January 4, 2014.

Alexander, Karen. "Recasting History: The Transformative Cinema of Steve McQueen and Raoul Peck." Afterall Journal 46 (July 23, 2018).

Archer, Michael. "Steve McQueen: Institute of Contemporary Arts." Artforum, April 1999.

Ball, Erica L. “The Unbearable Liminality of Blackness: Reconsidering Violence in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.” Transition 119 (2016), 175–86.

Crowdus, Gary, and Steve McQueen. “The Human Body as Political Weapon: An Interview with Steve McQueen.” Cinéaste 34:2 (spring 2009), 22–25.

Demos, T. J. “The Art of Darkness: On Steve McQueen.” October 114 (fall 2005), 61–89.

Demos, T. J. “Life Full of Holes.” Grey Room 24 (summer 2006), 72–87.

Demos, T. J. “Moving Images of Globalization” and “Indeterminacy and Bare Life in Steve McQueen’s Western Deep,” in The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2013.

Durcan, Sarah. "Steve McQueen: The Go-Between." Screening the Past 38 (2013).

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and Steve McQueen. “12 Years a Slave: A Conversation with Steve McQueen.Transition 114 (2014), 185–96. Originally published as a three-part series on (part 1, part 2, and part 3), December 24–26, 2013.

Hauser, Stephan, ed. I Want the Screen to be a Massive Mirror: Lectures on Steve McQueen. Basel: Fondation Laurenz, Schaulager, 2013.

Horn, John. "Steve McQueen Films ‘12 Years a Slave’ on Familiar Territory." Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2013.

Kaisary, Philip. “The Slave Narrative and Filmic Aesthetics: Steve McQueen, Solomon Northup, and Colonial Violence.” MELUS 42:2 (summer 2017), 94–114.

Kim, Clara, and Fiontán Moran, eds. Steve McQueen. London: Tate Publishing, 2020.

*Krystof, Doris, ed. Steve McQueen. Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2001.

Lee, Dan P. "Where It Hurts: Steve McQueen on Why 12 Years a Slave Isn’t Just About Slavery." New York, December 8, 2013.

McQueen, Steve. Steve McQueen. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1999.

*McQueen, Steve. Steve McQueen: Giardini Notebook. Manchester: British Council Visual Arts Publications, 2009.

McQueen, Steve. Steve McQueen: Works. Basel: Laurenz Foundation, 2012.

Mulcaire, Thomas, ed. Steve McQueen. Caracas: Sala Mendoza, 2000.

Nelson, Solveig.  "Steve McQueen." Artforum, May 2013.

Olusoga, David. "These are the Untold Stories that Make Up Our Nation': Steve McQueen on Small Axe." Sight and Sound, November 13, 2020.

Searle, Adrian. "Into the Unknown." The Guardian, October 8, 2002.

Weiner, Jonah. "The Liberation of Steve McQueen." Rolling Stone, March 3, 2014.

*Book is out of print but is available in the YCBA Reference Library.

Slavery and Lynching in America

Allen, James. Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 2000. Includes essays by Hilton Als, John Lewis, and Leon F. Litwack.

Carbado, Devon W., and Donald Weise, eds. The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.

Equal Justice Initiative. Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. Montgomery, Ala.: Equal Justice Initiative, 2017. 

Goldsby, Jacqueline. A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 

Gonzales-Day, Ken. Lynching in the West, 1850–1935. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006. 

Moses, Norton H. Lynching and Vigilantism in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a Slave. Norton Critical Edition, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke. New York: Norton, 2017. 

Smith, Shawn Michelle. "Spectacles of Whiteness: The Photography of Lynching," in Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2004.

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892–1900. Edited and with an introduction by Jacqueline Jones Royster. Boston: Ayer Company, 1991.

For Young Readers

Alexander, Kwame. The Undefeated. Boston: Versify, 2019.

Bryan, Ashley. Freedom Over Me. New York: Atheneum Books, 2016. 

Cortez, Rio. The ABCs of Black History. New York: Workman, 2020. 

Dray, Philip. Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2008. 

Duster, Michelle. Ida B. Wells: Voice of Truth. New York: Henry Holt, 2022. 

Fradin, Dennis, and Judith Fradin. Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2012. 

Levine, Ellen. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. New York: Scholastic, 2007. 

McKissack, Pat. Never Forgotten. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011. 

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Puffin Books, 2004. Originally published 1976. 

Online Resources about Slavery and Lynching in America

Equal Justice Initiative – 
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror (PDF)

Watch accounts and testimonies about lynching in the United States

Listen to accounts and testimonies about lynching in the United States
NAACP – History Explained – History of Lynching in America
A Red Record (University of North Carolina)
Lynching in Texas (Sam Houston State University)
Article: “Lynching, Visualization, and Visibility”
Mullen, Lincoln A.  “Lynching, Visualization, and Visibility,” Journal of Southern Religion 17 (2015):

Community Remembrance Projects

Equal Justice Initiative Community Historical Marker Project
A Selection of Community Remembrance and Memorial Coalitions and Projects (by State)
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