Civil Rights Movement
by Jamie J. Wilson
January 2013, 232pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0426-7
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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The Civil Rights Movement is one of the most important watershed movements in the history of African Americans as well as the history of the United States. While inequity between racial groups still exists in America, tremendous advances have been made due to the intrepid efforts of Civil Rights activists throughout the 20th century.

This book gives readers a comprehensive introduction to the topic of the Civil Rights Movement—arguably the most important political movement of the 20th century—and provides a road map for future study and historical inquiry.

Civil Rights Movement provides a comprehensive reference guide to this momentous cultural evolution that starts in the 1930s. By beginning the story of how African Americans have long attempted to improve their lives while facing severe legislative, judicial, and political constraints, the author dispels the common misconception that black people only started their struggle to achieve equality in the mid 1950s.

The book discusses all of the major campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s within the deep southern states, border states, and northern urban areas, thereby demonstrating that the African American struggle for equality was not solely in the South. Supplying a synthesis of the latest historical research and providing an accessible historical narrative of one of the most fascinating and inspiring periods of United States history, the book is appropriate for high-school students and general readers. Judicial victories significant to the movement and the shift in the portrayal of African Americans on television and in film are also addressed.


  • Provides a chronology that traces the unfolding of the subject of movement over time
  • Features biographical profiles of the people and organizations central to the movement
  • Contains a selection of primary documents that provide readers with a fuller understanding of the subject
  • Includes an annotated bibliography that assesses the most important print, electronic, and media resources suitable for high school student research
Jamie J. Wilson is associate professor of modern United States and African American history at Salem State University, Salem, MA. His work has appeared in The History Teacher, International Social Science Review, African Americans in New York Life and History, The Western Journal of Black Studies, and The Journal of African American History. He is also the author of Building a Healthy Black Harlem: Health Politics in Harlem, New York, from the Jazz Age to the Great Depression. Wilson holds a doctorate from New York University.


"This work is recommended for all African American history and culture collections."—ARBA, February 1, 2013
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