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Best Civil Rights Books You Should Enjoy

Looking for the best Civil Rights books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (2013)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyFrom the Montgomery bus boycott to the Little Rock Nine to the Selma–Montgomery march, thousands of ordinary people who participated in the American civil rights movement; their stories are told in .
Author(s): Juan Williams, Julian Bond

The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle (1991)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyA record of one of the greatest and most turbulent movements of this century, The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader is essential for anyone interested in learning how far the American civil rights movements has come and how far it has to go.Included are the Author(s): Clayborne Carson , David J. Garrow, et al.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (2019)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyThe civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. And it is used perniciously in our own times to chastise present-day movements and obscure contemporary injustice.
Author(s): Jeanne Theoharis

The Black Power Movement (2006)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyThe Black Power Movement remains an enigma. Often misunderstood and ill-defined, this radical movement is now beginning to receive sustained and serious scholarly attention. Peniel Joseph has collected the freshest and most impressive list of contributors around to write original essays on the Black Power Movement. Taken together they provide a critical and much needed historical overview of the Black Power era.
Author(s): Peniel E. Joseph

Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America (2018)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyTake a crash course in the social justice issues that keep the United States from realizing its promise of equality! This civil rights book for kids is simultaneously a guide for parents and educators who worry about broaching the topics of racism, discrimination, and prejudice.
Author(s): Kristina Brooke Daniele , Woo! Jr. Kids, et al.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation (2007)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyAn unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press—and the journalists responsible for them—profoundly changed the nation’s thinking about civil rights in the South during the 1950s and ‘60s.
Author(s): Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff

The Civil Rights Movement: Revised Edition (2008)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyThe civil rights movement was arguably the most important reform in American history.
Author(s): Bruce J. Dierenfield

Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Tenth Edition) (Vol. Volume 2) (2017)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyA topical and comprehensive look at the Supreme Court cases that have shaped our nation. David O’Brien makes a daunting course more manageable by selecting and organizing the most important cases in U.S. history. The Tenth Edition includes headnotes and special feature boxes that give students the context they need to place individual cases―and the Court itself―in their larger context.
Author(s): David M. O’Brien

Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (2014)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyDid the civil rights movement impact the development of the American state? Despite extensive accounts of civil rights mobilization and narratives of state building, there has been surprisingly little research that explicitly examines the importance and consequence that civil rights activism has had for the process of state building in American political and constitutional development.
Author(s): Megan Ming Francis

Child of the Civil Rights Movement (2013)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyIn this Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not.
Author(s): Paula Young Shelton, Raul Colón

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (2005)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyIn 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood.
Author(s): Kevin Boyle

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (2011)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should Enjoy Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement. The truth of who Rosa Parks was and what really lay beneath the 1955 boycott is far different from anything previously written.
Author(s): Danielle L. McGuire

Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968 (Debating Twentieth-Century America) (2006)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyNo other book about the civil rights movement captures the drama and impact of the black struggle for equality better than Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Two of the most respected scholars of African-American history, Steven F. Lawson and Charles Payne, examine the individuals who made the movement a success, both at the highest level of government and in the grassroots trenches.
Author(s): Steven F. Lawson , Charles Payne, et al.

From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (2006)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyA monumental investigation of the Supreme Court’s rulings on race, From Jim Crow To Civil Rights spells out in compelling detail the political and social context within which the Supreme Court Justices operate and the consequences of their decisions for American race relations.
Author(s): Michael J. Klarman

The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68 (1996)

 Best Civil Rights Books You Should EnjoyWith a striking selection of images and a lively, informative text, Steven Kasher captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement.
Author(s): Steven Kasher

Best Civil Rights Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some civil rights books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Freedom on Trial: The First Post-Civil War Battle Over Civil Rights and Voter Suppression

Author(s): Scott Farris
ID: 2874027, Publisher: Lyons Press, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Author(s): Julian Bond, Pamela Horowitz
ID: 2876452, Publisher: Beacon Press, Year: 2021, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub

The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement

Author(s): V. P. Franklin
ID: 2920108, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 10 Mb, Format: epub

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