- Joseph E. Davis: Pioneer Patriarch (1991)
- The Pursuit of a Dream (1981)
Janet Sharp Hermann is a freelance writer and historian. She lives in Berkeley, California. The Pursuit of a Dream, published in 1981, received the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the McLemore Prize of the Mississippi Historical Society, and the Silver Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California. Her book Joseph E. Davis: Pioneer Patriarch is the biography of Joseph E. Davis, elder brother of and adviser to Jefferson Davis.
- University Press of Mississippi’s page on The Pursuit of a Dream
- Black Utopias, by David Bradley. The New York Times, 1991
- Disaster Relief Then and Now: Early Americans were Self-Reliant. by Janet Sharp Hermann, Foundation for Economic Education (2000)