The Civil Rights Movement in America
From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council
by Peter B. Levy, Editor
April 2015, 427pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-761-3
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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Rosa Parks’ actions set off the ultimately successful Montgomery Bus Boycott.

This single-volume work provides a concise, up-to-date, and reliable reference work that students, teachers, and general readers can turn to for a comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement—a period of time incorporating events that shaped today’s society.

This single volume encyclopedia not only provides accessible A–Z entries about the well-known people and events of the Civil Rights Movement but also offers coverage of lesser-known contributors to the movement’s overall success and outcomes. This comprehensive work provides both authoritative ready reference and curricular content presented in a lively and accessible format that will support inquiry, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of the importance of the time period.

The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women’s Political Council provides high school readers with accessible factual information and sources for further exploration. Its entries serve to document how the movement eventually toppled Jim Crow and inspired broader struggles for human rights, including the women’s and gay liberation movements in the United States and around the globe. Just as importantly, the events of the civil rights movement serve to demonstrate the ability of ordinary people such as Rosa Parks to alter the course of history—an apt lesson for all readers.


  • Includes primary documents such as the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 accompanied by introductory essays that provide key historical context
  • Supplies entries on a broad cast of actors, ranging from Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to Septima Clark, Virginia and Clifford Durr, Rosa Parks, and The Last Poets, thereby capturing the diversity of those who fought for racial equality
  • Provides sidebars and carefully selected images that bring this people's movement to life for high school readers—personal stories; descriptions of lesser-known individuals, organizations, and speeches; connections to popular culture; and maps of the freedom ride route
Peter B. Levy, PhD, is professor in the Department of History and Political Science at York College, York, PA. His published works include Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland; Let Freedom Ring: A Documentary History of the Civil Rights Movement; and The New Left and Labor in the 1960s. He earned his doctorate in history from Columbia University.


"Editor Levy has successfully compiled an extremely versatile resource for students of twentieth-century history and African American culture.This significant reference work would be invaluable to researchers from all walks of life interested in the development of the civil rights movement and its continuing influence on American culture and society."—Booklist, September 8, 2015
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