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Landmark Legal Decisions

Collins, Ronald K. L, and Sam Chaltain. We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Cottrol, Robert J., Raymond T. Diamond, and Leland Ware. Brown v. Board of Education : Caste, Culture, and the Constitution. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2003.
Eagles, Charles W. The Price of Defiance : James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Daugherity, Brian J., and Charles C. Bolton. With all Deliberate Speed: Implementing Brown v. Board of Education. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2008.
Ford, Richard T. Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Goldstone, Lawrence. Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903. New York, N.Y: Walker & Company, 2011.
Harrison, Maureen, Steve Gilbert, and Supreme Court United States. Civil Rights Decisions of the United States Supreme Court : The 19th Century. San Diego, Calif.: Excellent Books, 1994.
---Civil Rights Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, the 20th Century. San Diego, Calif.: Excellent Books, 1994.
Johnson, Dennis W. The Laws that Shaped America: Fifteen Acts of Congress and their Lasting Impact. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Napolitano, Andrew P. Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009.
Papachristou, Alexander. Blind Goddess: A Reader on Race and Justice. New York: New Press, 2011.
Pohlmann, Marcus D., and Linda Vallar Whisenhunt. Student’s Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on Civil Rights. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Savage, David. The Supreme Court & Individual Rights. Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2009.
Smith, Robert Samuel. Race, Labor & Civil Rights: Griggs Versus Duke Power and the Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008.
Tsesis, Alexander. We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

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The Role of Religion

Houck, Davis W., and David E. Dixon. Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2006.
Noll, Mark A. God and Race in American Politics: A Short History. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008.
Savage, Barbara Dianne. Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.

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Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Collier-Thomas, Bettye. Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Collier-Thomas, Bettye, and V. P. Franklin. Sisters in the Struggle : African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
Feimster, Crystal. Southern Horrors : Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching.Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
Gore, Dayo F, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard. Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
Holsaert, Faith S. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
Houck, Davis W., and David E. Dixon. Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
Ling, Peter J, and Sharon Monteith. Gender and the Civil Rights Movement. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Olson, Lynne. Freedom’s Daughters : The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. New York: Scribner, 2001.
Ross, Rosetta E.Witnessing and Testifying : Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.
White, Deborah G. Too Heavy a Load : Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

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The Civil Rights Movement

Anderson, Carol. Eyes Off the Prize : The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Berry, Mary Frances. And Justice for all : The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Blackburn, Robin. The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights. London: Verso, 2011.
Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge : America in the King Years, 1965-68. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
---. Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years, 1963-65. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Bush, Roderick D. The End of White World Supremacy : Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
Bynum, Cornelius L. A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
Carrier, Jim. A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement. Orlando: Harcourt, 2004.
Chafe, William Henry, et al. Remembering Jim Crow : African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South. New York: New Press, in association with Lyndhurst Books of the Center for Documentary Studies of Duke University , 2001.
De, Jong G. Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle After 1965. Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Donaldson, Gary. The Second Reconstruction : A History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger Pub, 2000.
Dyson, Michael Eric. April 4, 1968 : Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and how it Changed America. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2008.
Dyson, Michael. I may Not Get there with You : The True Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Touchstone, 2000.
Evers, Medgar W, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and Manning Marable. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2005.
Fairclough, Adam. Better Day Coming : Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000. New York: Penguin, 2002.
Gates, Henry L. Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Hansen, Drew W. The Dream : Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation. New York: Ecco, 2003.
Joseph, Peniel E. Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour : A Narrative History of Black Power in America. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 2006.
Kersten, Andrew Edmund. A. Philip Randolph : A Life in the Vanguard. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Lawson, Steven F., and Charles M. Payne. Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.
Lewis, Andrew B. The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation. New York: Hill and Wang, 2010.
Ling, Peter and Sharon Monteith, eds. Gender and the Civil Rights Movement. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Marable, Manning and Leith Mullings, eds. Let Nobody Turn Us Around : Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal : An African American Anthology. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
McWhorter, Diane. Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama : The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.
McWhorter, John H. Winning the Race : Beyond the Crisis in Black America. New York: Gotham Books, 2005.
Meacham, Jon. Voices in our Blood : America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Random House, 2001.
Newman, Mark. The Civil Rights Movement. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.
Norrell, Robert J. The House I Live in : Race in the American Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Painter, Nell Irvin. Creating Black Americans : African-American History and its Meanings, 1619 to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Risen, Clay. A Nation on Fire : America in the Wake of the King Assassination. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Salmond, John A. My Mind Set on Freedom : A History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1997.
Sokol, Jason. There Goes My Everything : White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. New York: Vintage Books, 2007.
Spring, Joel H. Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010.
Stanford, Karin L. If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
Sugrue, Thomas J. Sweet Land of Liberty : The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. New York: Random House, 2008.
Sundquist, Eric J. King's Dream. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
Thernstrom, Stephan, and Abigail M. Thernstrom. America in Black and White : One Nation Indivisible. New York: Touchstone, 1997.
Thornton, J. M. Dividing Lines : Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.
Tuck, Stephen G. N. We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle, from Emancipation to Obama. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
Waldschmidt-Nelson, Britta, and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson. Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Struggle for Black Equality in America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.
Wexler, Sanford. An Eyewitness History of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Checkmark Books, 1999.
Wilkinson, Brenda Scott. The Civil Rights Movement : An Illustrated History. New York, NY: Crescent Books, 1997.
Williams, Donnie and Wayne Greenhaw. The Thunder of Angels : The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2006.
X, Malcolm, and Benjamin Karim. The End of White World Supremacy: Four Speeches. New York: Arcade Pub, 2011.

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