Jane Dailey’s most recent book is Building the American Republic: A Narrative History From 1877 (University of Chicago Press, 2018).
Her first book, Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Post-emancipation Virginia (2000), analyzed the conditions that facilitated and undid interracial democracy in the post–Civil War South. An edited collection, Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights (2000), continued the theme of African-American resistance to white domination from Reconstruction through the 1950s. A third book, The Age of Jim Crow: A Norton Documentary History (2008), examines the creation and dissolution of legal segregation in America through primary sources.
She is currently finishing a book on race, sex and the civil rights movement from emancipation to the present.