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History of The Civil Rights Movement in America: Home
The Civil Rights Movement and Its Origin in America
The civil rights movement was an organized effort by black Americans to end racial discrimination and gain equal rights under the law. It began in the late 1940s and ended in the late 1960s. Although tumultuous at times, the movement was mostly nonviolent and resulted in laws to protect every American’s constitutional rights, regardless of color, race, sex or national origin.
Civil Rights Act of 1964The article presents the text of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was enacted by the United States Congress. The legislation gives district courts the authority to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public facilities and enforce the constitutional right to vote. The attorney general has the power to present lawsuits in cases where constitutional rights concerning public education are violated or there is discrimination in federally funded programs. The Commission on Civil Rights is mentioned, as well as a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity.
Between Memory and History: Autobiographies of the Civil Rights Movement and the Writing of Civil Rights HistoryAn essay is presented discussing the historiography of the civil rights movement in the U.S. It describes how civil rights activists disapprove of scholarship on the movement due to its detached tone, preferring memoirs and autobiography over academic history. The author suggests that the relationship between the activists and scholars is complex and symbiotic. The perspectives of activists on such civil rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr. are analyzed in light of scholarly perceptions.
The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the PastExplores the history of civil rights movement in the U.S. Approval of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; Impact of the Vietnam War on civil rights movement in the country; Struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for civil rights; Views on the early studies of the Afro-American freedom movement.
The Tribe of SNCCIn this article the author discusses the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the role that organization played in the civil rights movement in the United States. Central to the article is the author's contention that the leadership of the movement that the SNCC stood for has passed to a younger generation. A number of authorities on the SNCC are quoted including Peniel Joseph of Tufts University and Taylor Branch, a historian of the civil rights movement. Also examined is the SNCC and its role in the women's rights movement.
COMING FULL CIRCLE IN CIVIL RIGHTSPresents information on the radio documentary series 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken,' which examined the social and legal history of the civil rights movement in the United States. Description of the Southern cities that played roles in the movement; Audio recordings of civil rights supporters and activists; Producer of the documentary.
CIVIL WRONGSThe article profiles author Kevin Kruse, who wrote the book "White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism", which argues that urban whites in the U.S. ultimately thwarted desegregation related to the civil rights movement by escaping it. A discussion of Kruse's education, which included attendance at Cornell University, interest in the civil rights movement and race relations, and research into desegregation, which formed the basic content of his book, is presented. Social reaction to Kruse's book is discussed.
The American Civil Rights Movement Reconsidered: Teaching the Role of WomenThis article examines coverage in social studies curriculum and U.S. history textbooks, specifically, of women in the American Civil Rights Movement (CRM) and considers how social studies teachers can broaden the narrative they teach to include more gender-related issues and the work of women activists. The author found that despite a rich body of scholarship focused on women in the CRM, textbooks, which still serve as the central curriculum documents in most secondary social studies classrooms, provide a relatively cursory treatment of women's roles in the movement. The context of women's activism and the intersections of race and gender, particularly around sexual violence and sexism within the movement, are rarely examined. To address this problem, the author provides examples of critical issues confronted by African American women in the era of the CRM as well as examples of activists that teachers could incorporate into their CRM units. In addition, the author argues that an inclusive study of the American CRM provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the many ways in which women and girls—often in the face of great personal danger—acted with courage and skill in the fight for racial justice.
Our Next RevolutionThe article discusses the U.S. African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King's role in the civil rights movement during the 1960s, including in regard to his 1963 speech titled "I have a dream." King and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's appeals to U.S. constitutional rights and efforts to expand democracy are discussed.
Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Let freedom sing : [sound recording] the music of the civil rights movement
Call Number: CD 781.592 Let Disc 1
Publication Date: 2009
The complete EMI sessions, 1928-1939 [sound recording] by Robeson, Paul
Call Number: Popular Rob
Publication Date: 2008
Voices of the civil rights movement : [sound recording] : Black American freedom songs, 1960-1966.Voices of the civil rights movement : [sound recording] : Black American freedom songs, 1960-1966. Title Voices of the civil rights movement : [sound recordVoices of the civil rights movement : Black American freedom songs
Call Number: CD 781.62 Voi
Publication Date: 1997
Sing for freedom [sound recording] : the story of the Civil Rights movement through its songs
Call Number: EasyLis Sin
Publication Date: 1990
Films on Civil Rights Movement
I am MLK Jr.Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, firsthand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation, and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.
I Am Not Your Negro by James BaldwinMaster documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
Publication Date: 2016
Black America since MLK : and still I rise Black America since Martin Luther King : and still I rise Black America since MLK and still I rise And still I riseHenry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.
Call Number: 973.049 Bla
Publication Date: 2016
Betty and CorettaTwo extraordinary women-Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X-come to life in this Lifetime Movie Network movie. After their husbands' tragic assassinations, they developed a unique friendship spanning three decades as they carried on the Civil Rights movement while supporting their families as single mothers. Through their strength and dignity, they became role models for millions of women.
Call Number: DVD Bet
Publication Date: 2013
The march : [videorecording] the story of the greatest march in American historyWitness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. Recounts the events when 250,000 people came together to form the largest demonstration the young American democracy had ever seen.