Contents: Before the Civil Rights Movement | Overviews of Civil Rights History | Mississippi and Local Civil Rights Struggles | Civil Rights Politics | Resistance to the Civil Rights Movement | Civil Rights and Black Power | Civil Rights and the Media | Civil Rights and Education | Online Primary Sources | Civil Rights Historical Fiction
Before the Civil Rights Movement
- Bates, Beth. Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black America. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
- Egerton, John. Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
- Gilmore, Glenda. .Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
- Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2005
- Hale, Grace Elizabeth. Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940.New York: Vintage Books, 1999.
- Johnson, Kimberley. Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Age Before Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Kelley, Blair. Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson.Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
- Sklaroff, Lauren. Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
- Volney, Riser. Defying Disfranchisement: Black Voting Rights Activism in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1908.Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2013.
Overviews of Civil Rights History
- Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965.New York: Penguin Books, 1987.
- Hampton, Henry, Judith Vecchione, Orlando Bagwell, James A. DeVinney, Callie Crossley, Jon Else, Mark Samels, Steve Fayer, and Julian Bond. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years. [DVD] PBS Distribution, 2010.
Mississippi and Local Civil Rights Struggles
- Andrews, Kenneth T. “Movement-Countermovement Dynamics and the Emergence of New Institutions: The Case of ‘White Flight’ Schools in Mississippi,”Social Forces, Vol. 80, No. 3., (March 2002), pp. 911-936.
- Arsenault, Raymond. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Bolton, Charles. The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle Over School Desegregation in Mississippi, 1870-1980.Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
- Bureau of Education, A Profile of Members of the Mississippi Private School Association, 1971-1972. University of Mississippi, 1973.
- Conner, Douglas and John Marszalek. A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi.Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.
- Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.
- Eskew, Glenn T. But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movement in the Civil Rights Struggle. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
- Fuquay, Michael W., “Civil Rights and the Private School Movement in Mississippi, 1964-1971,” History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Summer, 2002), pp. 159-180.
- Harding, Vincent. We Changed the World: African Americans, 1945-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
- Huntley, Horace, and John W. McKerley. Foot Soldiers for Democracy: The Men, Women, and Children of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
- Jones, Jerry B. An Intimate Portrait of Earnest Henry Jones, Jr.: Up Close and Personal. PublishAmerica, 2013.
- Katagiri, Yasuhiro. Mississippi Sovereignty Commission: Civil Rights and States’ Rights. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
- Manis, Andrew M. A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham’s Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999.
- McWhorter, Diane. Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.
- Minchon, Timothy J., and John A. Salmond. “‘The Saddest Story of the Whole Movement’: The Clyde Kennard Case and the Search for Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi, 1955-2007,” Journal of Mississippi History, Vol. 71, No. 3 (Fall 2009), pp. 191-234.
- Mitlon, Luceille L. “The Historical Development of Land Use in Starkville, Mississippi: A Small University City.” M.A. Thesis, Mississippi State University, 1975.
- Mohl, Raymond A. South of the South: Jewish Activists and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.
- Payne, Charles M. I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. Oakland: University of California Press, 2007.
- Perry, Ravi and D. LaRouth Perry. The Little Rock Crisis: What Desegregation Politics Says About Us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- Peterson, Jason A. Full Court Press: Mississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
- Piper, Craig. The Civil Rights Movement in Starkville, Mississippi: A Local Struggle for Equality, Unpublished M.A. Thesis, Mississippi State University, 1993.
- Raines, Howell. My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered. New York Penguin Group, 1983.
- Sansing, James Allen. A Descriptive Survey of Mississippi’s Private, Segregated Elementary and Secondary Schools in 1971, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Mississippi State University, 1971.
- Sokol, Jason. There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945–1975. New York: Knopf, 2006.
- Schwartz, Eugene G. American Students Organize: Founding the National Student Association After World War II: An Anthology and Sourcebook, New York: Praeger, 2006.
- Ward, Jason Morgan. Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Civil Rights Politics
- Bartley, Numan V. The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South during the 1950s, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
- Carter, Dan. The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics. Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press, 1995.
- Carter, David. The Music Has Gone Out of the Movement: Civil Rights and the Johnson Administration, 1965-1968. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
- Clark, E. Culpepper. The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007.
- Danielson, Chris. After Freedom Summer : how race realigned Mississippi politics, 1965-1986. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2011.
- Dudziak, Mary. Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.
- Katznelson, Ira. When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.
- Marable, Manning. Race, Reform and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945–1982. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1984.
- Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974.
Resistance to the Civil Rights Movement
- Crespino, Joseph. In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
- Dailey, Jane, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Bryant Simon. Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
- Kantrowitz, Stephen. Ben Tillman & the Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
- Kruse, Kevin. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
- Schultz, Mark. The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
- Ward, Jason Morgan. Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Civil Rights and Black Power
- Austin, Curtis J. Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2006.
- Bloom, Joshua. Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.
- Hill, Lance. The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
- Jeffries, Hasan K. Bloody Lowndes: Civil Right and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
- Ogbar, Jeffrey O. G. Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
- Tyson, Timothy. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
- Umoja, Akinyele Omowale. We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement. New York: NYU Press, 2014.
Civil Rights and the Media
- Altschuler, Glenn. All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Carson, Clayborne, Garrow, David J., Kovach, Bill, Polsgrove, Carol, eds. Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941–1963 and Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963–1973. New York: Library of America, 2003.
- McMillian, John. Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Roberts, Gene and Klibanoff, Hank. The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. New York: Knopf, 2007.
Civil Rights and Education
- Kluger, Richard. Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality. New York, Knopf, 1976.
- Patterson, James T. Brown v. Board of Education, A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Online Primary Sources
- CHARM Digital Collection, “Civil Rights.” Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections.
- American Radio Works, “State of Siege,” (about MS Civil Rights Movement — transcript features comments by Horace Harned of Starkville)
- Horace Harned, Oral History Interview, University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Oral History & Cultural Heritage, (transcript) Speak Now: Memories of the Civil Rights Era, MDAH project, 2011.
- Speak Now: Memories of the Civil Rights Era, MDAH project, 2011.
- Civil Rights in Mississippi, USM Digital Archives.
- Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library.
- One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights. Duke University and The SNCC Legacy Project.