The American civil rights movement

A documentary history

By Robert Green and Harold Cheatham

The American civil rights movement

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7013-6
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: September 2009
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American, HISTORY / Social History, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / History, Modern History, History, Social & cultural history, History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
  • Series: Documents in Modern History


The American Civil Rights Movement: A documentary history collects in a single, brief volume, documents reflecting key aspects of the Civil Rights Movement: the voices of social activists (and opponents), the legal struggle in the courts, and governmental responses to civil rights issues - public statements, executive orders, legislation.

The book is a deliberate attempt to address the shortcomings of capsule histories of the Movement, histories that neglect to describe the range of public and private institutions, organizations, and individuals that contributed to - and hindered - its accomplishments. The introductory essays, providing narrative or analytical background, combined with the range of documents presented, allows the book to serve as an excellent supplement to textbook treatments of modern U.S. history, African American history, and/or the Civil Rights Movement.

The book includes over 100 documents - personal narratives, court decisions, news reports, letters, legislation - that provide the reader with insights into the philosophies, strategies, personalities of the Movement.


1. Dimensions of Jim Crow: Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
2. Elements of resistance: Walk together children
3. Emergence of the Movement: We are soldiers in the Army
4. The Movement gains momentum: I'm a rollin'
5. Albany to the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Up above my head
6. Freedom Summer, Selma, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965: I shall not be moved
7. Northern efforts, Black Power, legal endorsements: We'll soon be free
8. The Movement today: Oh, freedom


Robert P. Green, Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Educational Foundations at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. Harold E. Cheatham is Dean and Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

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