The big data effort will engage with a cognate project that was initiated not at the SSRC but as part of the Race and Capitalism project anchored at the University of Chicago and the University of Washington that likewise is working on the Jim Crow era. Led by Michael Dawson (University of Chicago) and Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington), the group has brought together scholars of American economic development and of race relations who focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As this project takes shape, the group’s network has been mobilized to produce a discussion  for the SSRC’s online forum Items, in which a set of essays interprets current racial tensions through the perspectives of classic texts in the political economy of race.