African-American Civil Rights Texts Bibliography

Query From Marta Effinger meffi@nwu.edu 07 Aug 1998

I'm teaching a freshman seminar in the fall entitled African-American Plays From the Civil Rights Movement. Most of the students will be from the theater department at Northwestern. They will read plays like Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun," Alice Childress' "Florence" and James Baldwin's "Blues for Mister Charlie."

I am still searching for an accessible history text on the civil rights movement. I'd like to include this as part of the required reading. I'd like the book to be free of as much jargon as possible-- these are freshmen. I'd also like the book to "at least" cover key moments from the movement, the lynching of Emmett Till, Brown vs. The Board of Education, etc. Thank you for your assistance.

Responses:

_Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader_

Halberstam, David _The Children_

Lewis, John _Walking With the Wind_

Salmond, John A. _My Mind Set on Freedom: A History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968_(1997).

Sitkoff, Harvard _The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1980_ (Hill & Wang, 1981).

Zinn, Howard _SNCC, The New Abolitionists_