The Civil Rights Movement is a collection of the best new scholarship on what is arguably the most important American social movement of the twentieth century. Designed for students, the volume contains twelve essays and supporting primary documents arranged chronologically and by topic with a detailed timeline and further reading lists. Emphasizing the wide chronological and geographic scope of the movement, this collection provides a perfect source for teaching the movement with a fresh perspective and new ideas.
Blackwell's scholarly anthology expands the traditional geography of civil rights into places like St. Augustine, Miami, Tuskegee, Savannah, Durham, Nachez, and Port Gibson, Mississippi. The temporal map of civil rights is also expanded, stretching back before the (1954) decision, to (1896) which challenged a state segregation law enacted in the interest of whites, and to (1915) which struck down Oklahoma's grandfather clause intended to disenfranchise African American voters. The volume begins with a civil rights chronology spanning from 1863 (Emanicipation Proclamation) to 1998 (the conviction of a Klansmen for the murder of a civil rights activist) and follows with essays intended to expand upon the traditional confines of the topic. For example, readers find that many African Americans before Rosa Parks refused to give their seats to whites, and that in addition to Greensboro, there were other whites-only gate- crashers, like C. Bette Wimbish, who helped integrate lunch counters in St. Petersburg. Suited for college level. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)