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Civil Rights Movement

(see also African American History, Life & Values to 1968, Nonviolent Direct Action, Black Power Movement, School Desegregation, African American Movements, American Radicalism & New Left 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin & Myles Horton)

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Civil Rights Movement Timeline.

SNCC 1960-66.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

In the Library: Articles

Barsamian, David. "Taylor Branch [interview]," Progressive (5/98).

Bond, Julian. "SNCC: What we did," Monthly Review 52 (10/00):14-28.

Bouvard, Marguerite Guzmán. "Daisy L. Bates (interview)," in her Women Reshaping Human Rights (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996), pp. 89-106. Arkansas civil rights leader.

Braden, Anne. "The Southern freedom movement in perspective," Monthly Review 17,3 (1965):1-92.

Goldsby, J. "The high & low tech of it: the Civil Rights Movement & the transformation of Southern symbols of social judgement & repudiation: the meaning of lynching & the death of Emmett Till," Yale Journal of Criticism 9,2 (fall 96):245-82.

Lawson, Jennifer. "Highlander Center's aim unchanged after 71 years: effort goes on to better lives of 'poor & oppressed people'," Knoxville News-Sentinel (1/16/03):A8.

Newman, Kathy M. "The forgotten fifteen million: Black radio, the 'Negro market' & the Civil Rights Movement," Radical History 76 (win 00):115-35.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bates, Daisy L. The Long Shadow of Little Rock (Fayetteville: U. Arkansas, 1987). Memoir of struggle for school integration there.

Belfrage, Sally. Freedom Summer (NY: Viking, 1965).

Bell, Derrick. Silent Covenants: Brown vs. Board of Education & the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform (NY: Oxford, 2004).

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

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1988).

__________. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998).

Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks (NY: Viking Penguin, 2000).

Brown, Cynthia Stokes (ed.) Ready from Within: Septima Clark & the Civil Rights Movement (Navarro CA: Wild Trees, 1986).

Cagin, Seth. We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwermer, & Chaney & the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi (NY: Macmillan, 1988).

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

__________ ; David J. Garrow, Vincent Harding & Darlene Clark Hine. Eyes on the Prize: A Reader & Guide (NY: Penguin, 1986).

Clark, Septima Poinsett with LeGette Blythe. Echo in My Soul (NY: Dutton, 1962).

Clayton, Ed (ed.) The SCLC Story (Atlanta: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1964).

Cole, Thomas R. No Color Is My Kind: The Life of Eldrewey Stearns & the Integration of Houston (Austin: U. of Texas, 1997).

Crawford, Vicki L.; Jacqueline Anne Rouse & Barbara Woods (eds.) Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers & Torchbearers, 1941-1965 [1990] (Bloomington: U. Indiana, 1993). Ella Baker, Septima Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer & many others.

Davidson, Osha Gray. The Best of Enemies: Race & Redemption in the New South (NY: Scribner, 1996).

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

Doyle, William. An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 (NY: Doubleday, 2001).

Dudley, William (ed.) The Civil Rights Movement: Opposing Viewpoints (San Diego: Greenhaven, 1996).

Due, Tananarive & Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights (NY: Ballantine, 2003).

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

Editors of Salem Press. The Civil Rights Movement (Pasadena: Salem, 2000).

Egerton, John. Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation before the Civil Rights Movement in the South (NY, 1994).

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

Estes, Steve. I Am a Man! Race, Manhood & the Civil Rights Movement (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 2005).

Evans, Sarah. In Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left (NY: Knopf, 1979).

Evers, Mrs. Medgar with William Peters. For Us, the Living [1967] (NY: Ace, 1970).

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

Finkelstein, Norman H. Heeding the Call: Jewish Voices in America's Civil Rights Struggle (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1997).

Fosl, Catherine. Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden & the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (NY: St. Martin's, 2002).

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

Graham, Allison. Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, & Race during the Civil Rights Struggle (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003).

Grant, Joanne. Ella Baker: Freedom Bound (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1998).

Greene, Melissa Fay. Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonviction (NY: Ballantine, 1992).

Hampton, Henry & Steve Fayer. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s (NY: Bantam, 1991).

Harding, Vincent. Hope & History: Why We Must Share the History of the Movement (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1990).

__________. Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1996).

Hemphill, Paul. Leaving Birmingham: Notes of a Native Son (NY: Viking, 1993).

Higham, John (ed.) Civil Rights & Social Wrongs: Black-White Relations Since World War II (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 2003).

Hill, Lance E. The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance & the Civil Rights Movement (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1964).

Holland, Endesha Ida Mae. From the Mississippi Delta: A Memoir (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1997).

Holt, Len. The Summer that Didn't End: The Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Project of 1964 (NY: Da Capo, 1992).

Honey, Michael Keith. Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, & the Freedom Struggle (Berkeley: U. California, 1999).

Horton, Myles. The Long Haul: An Autobiography (NY: Doubleday, 1990).

Hudson, Winson & Constance Curry. Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter (NY: Palgrave, 2002).

Jonas, Gilbert. Freedom's Sword: The NAACP & the Struggle Against Racism in America, 1909-1969 (NY: Routledge, 2004).

Kallen, Stuart A. The Civil Rights Movement: The History of Black People in America, 1930-1980 (Edina MN: Abdo & Daughters, 1990).

Kester, Howard. Revolt Among the Sharecroppers (NY: Arno, 1969).

King, Casey & Linda Barrett Osborne. Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made it Happen (NY: Knopf, 1997).

King, Martin Luther Jr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail (San Francisco: Harper, 1994).

King, Mary. Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement (NY: William Morrow, 1987).

Klarman, Michael. From Jim Crow to Civil Rights (NY: Oxford, 2004)

Korstad, Robert Rodgers. Civil Rights Unionism (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2003).

Kruger, Thomas. And Promises to Keep: The Southern Conference for Human Welfare, 1938-1948 (Nashville, 1967).

Lee, Chana Kai. For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1999).

Levine, Daniel. Bayard Rustin & the Civil Rights Movement (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers U., 2000).

Levy, Peter B. The Civil Rights Movement (Westport CT: Greenwood, 1998).

Lipsitz, George. A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry & the Culture of Opposition (Philadelphia: Temple, 1995).

Lomax, Louis. Mississippi Eyewitness: The Three Civil Rights Workers, & How they Were Killed (Menlo Park: E.M. Keating, 1964).

Manis, Andrew Michael. A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth (Tuscaloosa: U. Alabama, 1999).

Marsh, Charles. God's Long Summer. Stories of Faith & Civil Rights (Princeton, 1998). Mississippi Freedom Summer.

McAdam, Doug. Freedom Summer (NY: Oxford, 1990).

Meier, August & Elliott Rudwick (eds.) Black Protest in the Sixties (NY, 1970).

Miller, Patrick B. et al. (eds.) The Civil Rights Movement Revisited: Critical Perspectives on the Struggle for Racial Equality in the US (Hamburg, 2001).

Mills, Kay. This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (NY: Dutton, 1993).

Morgan, Charles Jr. A Time to Speak (NY: Harper & Row, 1964).

Murray, Paul T. The Civil Rights Movement: References & Resources (NY: G.K. Hall, 1993).

Nunnelley, William A. Bull Connor (Tuscaloosa: U. Alabama, 1991).

Oppenheimer, Martin. The Sit-In Movement of 1960 (Brooklyn: Carlson, 1989).

Patterson, Charles. The Civil Rights Movement (NY: Facts on File, 1995).

Payne, Charles M. I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition & the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).

Press, Eyal (ed.) Uncivil War: Race, Civil Rights & The Nation (NY: Nation, 1995).

Raines, Howell. My Soul is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South (NY: Putnam, 1977).

Ransby, Barbara. Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2002).

Reed, Linda. Simple Decency & Common Sense: The Southern Conference Movement, 1938-1963 (Bloomington: Indiana U, 1991).

Riches, William T.M. The Civil Rights Movement: Struggle & Resistance (NY: St. Martin's, 1997).

Roberson, Houston Bryan. Fighting the Good Fight: The Story of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 1865-1977 (NY: Routledge, 2005). Church which provided backbone of Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Rubel, David. Fannie Lou Hamer: From Sharecropping to Politics (Englewood Cliffs, Silver Burdett, 1990).

Skrentny, John D. The Minority Rights Revolution (Cambridge MA: Belknap, 2002).

Slater, John R. Jackson, Mississippi: An American Chronicle of Struggle & Schism (NY: Exposition, 1979).

Sullivan, Pat. Days of Hope: Race & Democracy in the New Deal Era (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 1996).

Thelwell, Michael. Duties, Pleasures & Conflicts: Essays in Struggle (Amherst: U. of Massachusetts, 1987).

Vollers, Maryanne. Ghosts of Mississippi: The Murder of Medgar Evers, the Trials of Byron De La Beckwith, & the Haunting of tne New South (Boston: Little, Brown, 1995).

Wexler, Sanford. The Civil Rights Movement: An Eyewitness History (NY: Facts on File, 1993).

White, Marjorie L. & Andrew M. Manis. Birmingham Revolutionaries: The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth & the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (Macon GA: Mercer U, 2000).

Wilkerson, Brenda Scott. The Civil Rights Movement: An Illustrated History (NY: Crescent, 1997).

Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (NY: Viking, 1987).

__________. My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience (NY: Sterling, 2004).

Wilson, Bobby M. Race & Place in Birmingham: The Civil Rights & Neighborhood Movements (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Winters, Paul A. (ed.) The Civil Rights Movement (San Diego: Greenhaven, 2000).

Zinn, Howard. SNCC: The New Abolitionists (Boston: Beacon, 1965).

In the Library: Fiction

Covington, Vicki. The Last Hotel for Women: A Novel (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996).

Grooms, Anthony. Bombingham: A Novel (NY: Free Press, 2001).

Heath, William. The Children Bob Moses Led: A Novel of Freedom Summer (?, 1997).

Johnson, Charles. Dreamer: A Novel (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998).

Walker, Alice. Meridian (NY: Washington Square, 1976).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68 (NY: Abbeville, 1996).

CD & Audio

"Bound for Freedom," by Pat Humphries. Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino, Magpie Give Light, Sliced Bread Records, CD-SB71185.

"Cry Carolina," by Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino. On their Magpie Give Light, Sliced Bread Records, CD-SB71185.

"Give Light," by Greg Artzner. Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino, Magpie Give Light, Sliced Bread Records, CD-SB71185.

"The Sit-in Story: Story of the Lunch-Room Sit-ins," Folkways Records 1961.

Film & Video

"Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads" [1992], dir. Judith Vecchione for PBS, ca. 360m. From Pacific Arts.

"February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four" [1995?], dir. Stephen Channing & Rebecca Cerese. From PBS. Pioneering Woolworth sit-in by four college freshmen in 1960.

"Four Little Girls" [1998], dir. Spike Lee, 103m. On the children killed in bombing of Baptist church in Birmingham on 9/15/63.

"Never Turn Back: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer" [1983], by Rediscovery Productions, 58m. From Rediscovery Productions.

"Sit-In" [1960]. News documentary narrated by Chet Huntley on Nashville sit-ins.

"The Strange Demise of Jim Crow: How Houston Desegregated its Public Accommodations, 1959-1963" [1997], dir. Thomas R. Cole, 60m.

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