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Best Civil Rights Books You Should Enjoy

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1. 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 . From leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., to lesser-known figures such as Barbara Rose John and Jim Zwerg, each man and woman made the decision that somethinghad to be done to stop discrimination. These moving accounts and pictures of the first decade of the civil rights movement are a tribute to the people, black and white, who took part in the fight…
Author(s): Juan Williams, Julian Bond

2. 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 Supreme Court’s Brown vs Board of Education decision in its entirety; speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., and his famous “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”; an interview with Rosa Parks; selections from Malcolm X Speaks; Black Panther Bobby Seale’s Seize the Time; Ralph Abernathy’s controversial And the Walls Came Tumbling Down; a piece by Herman…
Author(s): Clayborne Carson , David J. Garrow, et al.

3. 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. In A More Beautiful and Terrible History award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly…
Author(s): Jeanne Theoharis

4. 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. Offering important examples of undocumented histories of black liberation, this volume offers both powerful and poignant examples of ‘Black Power Studies’ scholarship….
Author(s): Peniel E. Joseph

5. 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. Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America presents the reader with facts, biographies, and landmark supreme court cases in an easily digestible manner and within a historical context. The minor editorializing helps to guide readers to understand the events that have shaped the United States and then challenges them to become advocates…
Author(s): Kristina Brooke Daniele , Woo! Jr. Kids, et al.

6. 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. Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen—black and white—revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its citizens to act. Meticulously researched and…
Author(s): Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff

7. 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. This book recounts the extraordinary and often bloody story of how tens of thousands of ordinary African-Americans overcame long odds to dethrone segregation, to exercise the right to vote and to improve their economic standing.Organized in a clear chronological fashion, the book shows how concerted pressure in a variety of forms ultimately carried the day in realizing a more just society for African- Americans. It will provide students of American history with an invaluable, comprehensive introduction to the Civil Rights…
Author(s): Bruce J. Dierenfield

8. 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. #310,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #276 in Constitutions (Books) #100 in Civil Rights #165 in Constitutional Law (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): David M. O’Brien

9. 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. Through a sweeping archival analysis of the NAACP’s battle against lynching and mob violence from 1909 to 1923, this book examines how the NAACP raised public awareness, won over American presidents, and secured the support of Congress. In the…
Author(s): Megan Ming Francis

10. 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. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic…
Author(s): Paula Young Shelton, Raul Colón

11. 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. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their…
Author(s): Kevin Boyle

12. 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. In this groundbreaking and important book, Danielle McGuire writes about the rape in 1944 of a twenty-four-year-old mother and sharecropper, Recy Taylor, who strolled toward home after an evening of singing and praying…
Author(s): Danielle L. McGuire

13. 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. Designed specifically for college and university courses in American history, this is the best introduction available to the glory and agony of these turbulent times. Carefully chosen…
Author(s): Steven F. Lawson , Charles Payne, et al.

14. 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. In a highly provocative interpretation of the decision’s connection to the civil rights movement, Klarman argues that Brown was more important for mobilizing southern white opposition to racial change than for encouraging direct-action protest. Brown unquestioningly had a significant impact–it brought race issues to public…
Author(s): Michael J. Klarman

15. 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. After an introduction explaining the significance of photography to the movement, the text in this important book proceeds from the Montgomery bus boycott through the student, local and national movements; the big marches; Freedom summer; Malcolm X; and the death of Martin Luther King. Each chapter begins with a fast-paced narrative of a crucial event in the movement, complemented by a portfolio of the most effective and evocative photographs of the subject. Ranging from the well known…
Author(s): Steven Kasher

Books shelved as civil-rights: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, March: Book One by John Lewis, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Brown Girl Dreaming by J 10 great books on civil rights.In the past 50 years, thousands of books have been written about the civil rights movement. USA TODAY’s Bob Minzesheimer recommends 10 works by historians civil rights, rights that a nation’s inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than “political rights,” which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike “natural rights,” civil rights have a legal as well as a philosophical basis. The Books That Bring The Civil Rights Movement To Life : Code Switch From history to memoir to fiction, these books tell the stories of the men, women and children who played pivotal parts in the Books shelved as civil-rights-movement: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, March: Book One by John Lewis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by C

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Marginality and Global LGBT Communities - Conflicts, Civil Rights and Controversy

Author(s): Sheri Notaro
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2403660

Civil resistance and violent conflict in Latin America: mobilizing for rights

Author(s): Cécile Mouly, Esperanza Hernández Delgado
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2326714

Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights

Author(s): Doug Jones
Publisher: All Points Books, Year: 2019, Size: 22 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2338441

Free All Along: The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Interviews

Author(s): Stephen Drury Smith; Catherine Ellis
Publisher: The New Press, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2342125

Freedom in the World 2018: The Annual Survey of Political Rights & Civil Liberties

Author(s): Arch Puddington; Jennifer Dunham
Publisher: Freedom House; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2343447

Civil Resistance and Violent Conflict in Latin America: Mobilizing for Rights

Author(s): Cécile Mouly, Esperanza Hernández Delgado
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354509

Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions - Tracking legislative changes in India : 2014 - 2019

Author(s): Mihir Desai, Lara Jesani
Publisher: People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2357279

Islamic Law of the Sea: Freedom of Navigation and Passage Rights in Islamic Thought

Author(s): Hassan S. Khalilieh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2394314

The Civil Rights Theatre Movement in New York, 1939–1966: Staging Freedom

Author(s): Julie Burrell
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407291

Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights

Author(s): Zachary Kramer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2424160

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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