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Civil Rights in America

This bibliography highlights the role of the Senate in shaping legislation on Civil Rights and the history and political climate of the Civil Rights movement from differing perspectives, including personal stories of participants in the movement as well as biographies of some of the great Civil Rights leaders.

The Senate and Civil Rights

The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. by Clay Risen. 2014.
The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy. by Hugh Davis Graham. 1990.
Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights, 1938-1965. by Keith M. Finley. 2008.
Everett Dirksen and his Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics. by Byron C. Hulsey. 2001.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. by Todd S. Purdum. 2014.
The Longest Debate: A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. by Charles and Barbara Whalen. 1985.
Mike Mansfield, Majority Leader: A Different Kind of Senate, 1961-1976. by Francis R. Valeo. 1999.
The Politics of Equality: Hubert H. Humphrey and the African American Freedom Struggle. by Timothy N. Thurber. 1999.
The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer. by Chris Myers Asch. 2008.
The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights. by Robert Mann. 1996.
The Civil Rights Movement

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. by Taylor Branch. 2006.
Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. by Eric Etheridge. 2008.
The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality. by Nick Bryant. 2006.
Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950. by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore. 2009.
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. by Raymond Arsenault. 2006.
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. by Bruce Watson. 2010.
The Help. by Kathryn Stockett. 2009.
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America. by Nick Kotz. 2005.
The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. by Taylor Branch. 2013.
Letter from Birmingham Jail. by Martin Luther King, Jr.. 2012.
The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. by William P. Jones. 2013.
Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall. edited by Michael G. Long. 2011.
A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. by David A. Nichols. 2007.
My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience. by Juan Williams. 2004.
Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington. by Charles Euchner. 2010.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63. by Taylor Branch. 1989.
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65. by Taylor Branch. 1998.
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. 2007.
Reporting Civil Rights. The Library of America. 2003.
Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches. edited by Josh Gottheimer. 2003.
Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. by Thomas J. Sugrue. 2008.
Related Biographies

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change. by John Lewis. 2012.
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. by David J. Garrow. 2004.
The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation. by Drew D. Hansen. 2003.
Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement. by James Farmer. 1985.
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin. by John D'Emilio. 2004.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. by Manning Marable. 2011.
Outside the Magic Circle: The Autobiography of Virginia Foster Durr. edited by Hollinger F. Barnard . 1985.
Stokely: A Life. by Peniel E. Joseph. 2014.
Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. by Juan Williams. 1998.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. by John Lewis with Michael D'Orso. 1999.
W.E.B. DuBois . by David Levering Lewis. 1993-2000.