Reading List: Civil Rights in America

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this list of books highlights the Civil Rights movement in America.



The Struggle in Black and Brown:

African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era

Edited and with an introduction by Brian D. Behnken

“This book is a groundbreaking step in the evolution of the exciting subfield of black-brown relations. Each of the essays contains valuable lessons, and the book should be required reading for scholars of the civil rights movements and of American racial formations.”—Max Krochmal, Journal of American History



She Can Bring Us Home:

Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer

By Diane Kiesel
“A monumental work. . . . She Can Bring Us Home expertly recovers the life of this forgotten giant in advocacy of civil rights, health care, women’s rights, and educational equality.”—Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Virginia Magazine


The History of an American Controversy

By Samuel Walker
“An original contribution to the literature not just of hate speech but of modern First Amendment issues generally. . . . This is a fine piece of work; it deserves wide attention.”—Kermit L. Hall, editor of The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 

An American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism

By John R. Salter Jr.
“Essential reading. . . . A valuable account of events and insight into the internal dynamics of the [civil rights] movement.”—Journal of Southern History

Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime

By Ryan A. Swanson
“A boon to scholars of both the early development of baseball and race relations after the Civil War.”—Library Journal

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