This legal research guide is designed to provide law students and researchers with information and sources about the United States civil rights movement and its wide-ranging effects on American constitutional law.
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This legal research guide is designed to provide law students and researchers with information about the judicial decisions, as well as the activism by key groups and persons, that shaped the civil rights movement and changed Constitutional law in the United States. It includes links to relevant cases and statutes, books and articles, groups, blogs and other research guides.
An Army of Lions
Publication Date: 2011-11-14
An Army of Lions traces the history of the first generation of activists and the organizations they formed to give the most comprehensive account of black America's struggle for civil rights from the end of Reconstruction to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Here a host of leaders neglected by posterity--Bishop Alexander Walters, Mary Church Terrell, Jesse Lawson, Lewis G. Jordan, Kelly Miller, George H. White, Frederick McGhee, Archibald Grimké--worked alongside the more familiar figures of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Booker T. Washington, who are viewed through a fresh lens. The League and the organizations it spawned provided the ideological and strategic blueprint of the NAACP and the struggle for civil rights in the twentieth century, demonstrating that there was significant and effective agitation during "the age of accommodation."
Courage to Dissent
Publication Date: 2011-02-09
The Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination. In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta - the South's largest and most economically important city - from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism. Courage to Dissent tells gripping stories about the long struggle for equality that speak to the nation's current urban crisis.
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