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Studying the Civil Rights Movement

When one thinks of civil rights, one often thinks first of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. However, issues of civil rights predate this movement. Civil rights are human rights, and violations of those rights encompass many groups and go back farther than any of us care to imagine. This guide will focus primarily on civil rights issues associated with African Americans and Mexican Americans in the U.S., from the 1800s to the present, but be encouraged to broaden out from this scope for a more complete picture of how far we have come, and how far we have to go.

See also our other Research Guide: Civil Rights in Texas



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Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches - Gottheimer, Joshua
Call Number: E184 .A1 R53 2003
JPL 3rd Floor
Brings together the most influential and important civil rights speeches from the entire range of American history-from the colonial period to the present.

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Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 - Cox, Julian
Call Number: E185.61 .C875 2008
JPL 3rd Floor and
JPL 3rd Floor Graduate Study Room

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Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation - Ripley, C. Peter
Call Number: E 449 .W84 1993
JPL 3rd Floor
Also available as an e-book

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Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement - Glasrud, Bruce A.
Call Number: E185.92 .S682 2013
JPL 3rd Floor
Also available as an e-book

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Civil Rights Rhetoric and the American Presidency - Aune, James Arnt and Enrique D. Rigsby
Call Number: E176.1 .C57 2005
JPL 3rd Floor
The authors of this book examine the ways in which American presidents and their administrations have defined the meaning of civil rights from Rutherford B. Hayes to William Jefferson Clinton.

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The Schomburg Center on Microfilm

A Selection of Titles from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

More than 500 reels of microfilm of sources for African American history and biography.  Brand new microfilm readers on the JPL 4th Floor for easy scanning, printing, and saving.  Consult the Index/Guide for Series 1 & 2 for a description of the contents of the reels.  (Most of the microfilm content is NOT available on the Schomburg website.)

Includes African American periodicals, early works on slavery, selected works by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and other abolitionist authors, and a collection of papers pertaining to Harriet Tubman, among others. 

Microfilm Location:  JPL 4th Floor Microfilm Cabinet
Call number: E185 .S38

Guide Location:  Shelved in JPL 4th Floor Microforms
Index to Series 1
Call number: E185 .S38 Ser 1 Index

Index to Series 2
Call number: E185 .S38 Ser 2 Guide


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