King's Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (2009)
Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America (2005)
To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (1993), winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association for best book published during the year, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the best book in the humanities, and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award.
The Hammers of Creation: Folk Culture in Modern African-American Fiction (1992)
Faulkner: The House Divided (1983)
Home as Found: Authority and Genealogy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (1978)