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The Civil Rights Movement

Mark Newman


Explains the origins, development, results and the debates surrounding the movement for racial equality in the USA

This introduction to the Civil Rights Movement synthesises its history, explaining its origins, development and results as well as historiographical debates. A survey based on a wealth of recent scholarship, it provides a critical perspective on the movement, eschewing the celebratory tone that pervades much of the current literature, and taking into account the African-American community's diversity.

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1. Prerequisites for Change
i) The Nature of Racial Discrimination
ii) The Great Migration
iii) The New Deal
iv) Challenges to Injustice in the South
2. The Emergence of the Movement, 1941-1959
i) The Impact of the Second World War
ii) Jim Crow Under Attack
iii) Massive Resistance
iv) The Movement Stalled
3. The End of Jim Crow in the South, 1960-1965
i) The Sit-Ins
ii) The Kennedy Administration and Civil Rights
iii) The Civil Rights Act of 1964
iv) Selam and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
4. The Disintegration of the National Civil Rights Movement Coalition, 1964-1968
i) The Mississippi Summer Project
ii) Northern Protests
iii) Black Power
iv) The Poor People's Campaign
5. Civil Rights in a Conservative Era
i) Nixon's 'Southern Strategy'
ii) A New South?: Protest and Politics
iii) The Struggle in the North
iv) The Federal Government and Civil Rights: From Ford to Reagan
6. Conclusion

About the Author

Mark Newman is a Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the award-winning Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945–1995 (2001) and Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights in Mississippi (2004).


An excellent introduction to the Civil Rights Movement... Highly recommended.
- K J. Volanto, Collin country Community College District, Social Studies of Science

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