Civil Rights Movement



marchonwashingtonBibliography of books directly relating to the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans were looking for equal rights and throughout the country, but especially in the South, where segregation was still an issue.

Led predominently by Martin Luther King Jr., the movement had major victories with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Votimng Rights Act of 1965. However, civil rights remained an issue throughout the decade.

Th books on this list include overviews of the Civil Rights Movement, an especially complete and comprehensive one is Taylor Branch’s two volumes. There are biographies on Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. As well there are regional views of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Civil Rights Movement

Branch, Taylor. Parting the waters: America in the King years, 1954-63. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Branch, Taylor. Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Boynton, Amelia Platts. Bridge Across Jordan: The Story of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama. NY: Carlton, 1979.

Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. New York: 1967.

Carmichael, Stokely. Stokely Speaks: Black Power Back to Pan-Africanism. New York: Random House, 1971.

Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: SNCC & the Black Awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1981.

Chafe, William Henry. Civilities and civil rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black struggle for freedom. New York : Oxford University Press, 1980. 436 p.

Crawford, Vicki L.; Jacqueline Anne Rouse and Barbara Woods, eds. Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers & Torchbearers, 1941-1965. Bloomington: U. Indiana, 1993, 1990.

Davis, Jack E. The Civil Rights Movement. Malden MA: Blackwell, 2001.

Dittmer, John. Essays on the American civil rights movement. By John Dittmer, George C. Wright, and W. Marvin Dulaney ; introduction by Clayborne Carson ; edited by W. Marvin Dulaney and Kathleen Underwood. 1st ed. College Station : Published for University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c1993. 95 p.

Dittmer, John. Local People : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1994. 530 p.

Dudley, William, ed. The Civil Rights Movement: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, c1996. 288 p.

Dudziak, Mary L. Cold War civil rights : race and the image of American democracy. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000. 330 p.

Eagles, Charles W., ed. The Civil Rights Movement in America: Essays. Jackson: U. of Mississippi, 1986.

Eskew, Glenn T. But for Birmingham: the Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle. Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 1997.

Evans, Sarah. In Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left. New York: Knopf, 1979.

Fager, Charles E. Selma, 1965: The March that Changed the South. 2nd ed. Boston: Beacon, 1985.

Farmer, James. Lay bare the heart: an autobiography of the civil rights movement. Arbor House, 1985.

Foner, Philip S., ed. The Black Panthers Speak. New York: Da Capo, 1995.

Garrow, David J. (ed.) The Montgomery Bus Boycott & the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Gibson Robinson. Knoxville: Univeristy of Tennessee, 1986.

__________. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a Personal Portrait. NY: William Morrow, 1986.

__________. Birmingham, Alabama, 1956-1963: The Black Struggle for Civil Rights. Brooklyn: Carlson, 1989.

Goldfield, David. Black, white, and southern : race relations and southern culture, 1940 to the present.Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1990. 321 p.

Graham, Hugh Davis. The Civil Rights Era: The Origins and Development of National Policy, 1960-1972. New York: Oxford, 1990.

__________. Civil Rights & the Presidency: Race and Gender in American Politics, 1960-1972.New York: Oxford, 1992.

Greenberg, Jack. Crusaders in the courts : how a dedicated band of lawyers fought for the civil rights revolution. New York, NY : BasicBooks, c1994. 634 p.

Katz, Michael, ed. The “Underclass” debate : views from history. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1993. 507 p.

Lawson, Steven F. and Charles Payne. Debating the civil rights movement, 1945-1968. Introduction by James T. Patterson. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. 167 p.

Malcom X. The Autobiography of Malcom X. Ballantine Books; Reissue edition, 1992, 1965. 528 p.

Mann, Robert. The walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the struggle for civil rights. Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Norrell, Robert J. Reaping the whirlwind : the civil rights movement in Tuskegee. New York : Knopf, 1985.

Oates, Stephen B. Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. New York: New American Library, 1982.

Payne, Charles M. I’ve got the light of freedom : the organizing tradition and the Mississippi freedom struggle. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995. 525 p.

Powledge, Fred. Free at last? : the civil rights movement and the people who made it. Little Brown, 1991.

Sugrue, Thomas J. The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1996. 375 p.

Tygiel, Jules. Baseball’s great experiment : Jackie Robinson and his legacy. New York : Oxford University Press, 1983. 392 p.

Van Deburg, William L. New day in Babylon : the Black power movement and American culture, 1965-1975. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1992. 377 p.

Weisbrot, Robert. Freedom bound : a history of America’s civil rights movement. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Plume, c1990 (1991 printing) 350 p.

Whitfield, Stephen J. A Death in Delta: The Story of Emmett Till New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1988. 193 p.

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