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Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

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From University of Minnesota Press:

  • JOHN BOSWELL PRIZE FROM THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
  • WILLIAM SANDERS SCARBOROUGH PRIZE FROM THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION
  • LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR TRANSGENDER NONFICTION
  • AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION STONEWALL BOOK AWARD - ISRAEL FISHMAN NON-FICTION AWARD HONOR BOOK
  • SYLVIA RIVERA AWARD IN TRANSGENDER STUDIES FROM THE CENTER FOR LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES
  • HONORABLE MENTION: NICKLISS PRIZE IN U.S. WOMEN'S AND/OR GENDER HISTORY FROM THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS


Uncovering the overlapping histories of blackness and trans identity from the nineteenth century to the present day

In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials, Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

"In a beautifully written and brilliant intervention and extension—the first full length book to examine the historical and contemporary importance of race to the constitution of ‘trans gender’—C. Riley Snorton identifies and performs a black trans reading practice, from Anarcha to Transgender Days of Remembrance."
—Christina Sharpe, author of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being