Books – Non Fiction

 

The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult

Unequal City

Location: Illinois    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
"Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice" examines the ways in which Chicago’s most vulnerable residents navigate their neighborhoods, life opportunities, and encounters with the law.

Round and Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride Into the Civil Rights Movement

Location: Maryland    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
The story of the struggle to desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

Take a Seat -- Make a Stand

Location: North Carolina    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
A middle school chapter book about the life of Sarah Keys Evans who resisted segregation on a bus in 1952..

Civil Rights for Beginners

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Civil Rights for Beginners provides an easy to read yet thorough overview of the movement for grades 7+.

Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: Adult
Stewart Burns presents a documentary history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Nan Woodruff argues that the African Congo under Belgium's King Leopold II is an apt metaphor for the Delta of the early twentieth century.

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Primary documents and analysis for middle school to adult on the untold yet vital history of the Reconstruction era in the United States.

Lessons from the Heartland A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City

Location: Wisconsin    Grade Level: Adult
History of public education in Wisconsin with a focus on civil rights struggles. By Barbara Miner, 2012.
Reconstructing Democracy

Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South After the Civil War

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Justin Behrend, 2015. Story of African-Americans in Mississippi after the Civil War.

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Devery S. Anderson, 2015. Comprehensive account of the murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath.

A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: Adult
Case study of the creative and brave organizing for democracy and human rights in Lowndes County, Alabama.

Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, An Oral History

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Reportage, oral history, and memoir about a pivotal case in the fight for voting rights, the United States v. Lynd.

Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi–based women’s organization Womanpower Unlimited, founded in 1961.

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Primary documents from Freedom Summer.

Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of the Civil Rights Movement in Biloxi in 1959.

To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale, 2014 An account, through newspapers, of the lives of African-American students who attended Freedom Schools in 1964.
So the Heffners Left McComb cover

So the Heffners Left McComb

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Hodding Carter, 1965 The story of a family’s encounter with staunch racism and terrorism that led to their departure from McComb, Miss.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb, 2014 The vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities during the Southern Freedom Movement.

Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

Location: Florida    Grade Level: Adult
Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due, 2003 Book about the civil rights movement, told from the perspective of two generations.

Coming of Age in Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Anne Moody, 2002 Autobiography about growing up in Mississippi in the forties and fifties.

We've Got A Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Cynthia Y. Levinson, 2012 Book about the 1963 Birmingham Children's March as seen through the eyes of four young people who were at the center of the action.

Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
Susan D. Carle, 2013 Vital history of late 19th and early 20th century organizing that laid the groundwork for modern Civil Rights Movement.

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Ted Ownby, 2013 Book of essays that these twelve essays tell new stories about the civil rights movement in the state most resistant to change.

Uncle Sam's Children: Travels in the USA

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Karl Eskelund, 1965 A book chronicling the experiences of a Danish travel writer, including his experiences in McComb, Mississippi.

Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s

Location: National    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Recent book about southern student activism in the 1960s

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Larry Dane Brimner, 2007 A sophisticated picture book on a key civil rights leader.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Location: National, Alabama    Grade Level: Adult
Jeanne Theoharis, 2014 A revealing window into Mrs. Rosa Parks’ politics and years of activism.

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
James P. Marshall, 2013 The role of students in the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington

Location: National    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Patrick Henry Bass, 2004 In this book, a journalist compiles a compelling story about the 1963 March on Washington by using eyewitness accounts, pictures, and stories.

There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Location: National    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Milton Meltzer, 2002 History of the struggle for civil rights throughout U.S. history for middle school readers.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson, 1997 The moving story of two young girls who were caught up in the 1965 movement in Selma, Alabama.

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
Bayard Rustin, 2012 The story of the behind-the-scenes strategist, organizer, and advocate of non-violence, Bayard Rustin.

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
Gary Younge, 2015 The story behind Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
William P. Jones, 2014 A history of the 1963 March on Washington and the Civil Rights leaders behind it.

Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9
Ellen Levine, 2000 Thirty African-Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s tell their true stories of what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South.

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 7-9
Russell Freedman, 2009 Written for middle school, the story of the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Freedom Summer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Bruce Watson, 2010 A history of Freedom Summer, the pivotal period of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 Mississippi

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2014 Narrative and photos on the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968

Location: National    Grade Level: Adult
Steven F. Lawson, Charles M. Payne, & James T. Patterson, 2006 Introduces and examines the complex story of the modern Civil Rights Movement as it should be taught, providing key background information and analysis for teachers.

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9
Taylor Branch, 2013 The King Years offers a selection of excerpts from Taylor Branch's "America in the King Years."

Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Emilye Crosby, 2011 A collection of original works on the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement.

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Akinyele Omowale Umoja, 2013 Documents the use of armed resistance by black activists and supporters in Mississippi from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.

SNCC: The New Abolitionists

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Howard Zinn, 2013 A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles M. Payne, 2007 The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
John Dittmer, 1995 A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Charles E. Cobb Jr., 2007 An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9
With a series of short vignettes, The Spies of Mississippi provides an accessible narrative for young adults covering details of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Remembering Medgar Evers

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Minrose Gwin, 2013 In her compelling study of collective memory and artistic production, Remembering Medgar Evers, Minrose Gwin engages the powerful body of work that has emerged in response to Evers’s life and death.

Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Poetry of 1964 Freedom Summer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez, 2007 During the summer of 1964, a presidential election year, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) sent volunteers into Mississippi to expand Black voter registration in the state.

Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
This biography of civil rights leader Medgar Evers draws on personal interviews and extensive archival work. By Michael Vinson Williams, 2011.

Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Sue Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan, 2012 Thunder of Freedom unites Sue Sojourner’s personal experiences with her insights regarding the dynamics of race relations in the 1960s South, providing readers with a unique look at the struggle for rights and equality in Mississippi.

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier's Story

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: Adult
Henry T Gallagher, 2012 A first-person account of the turbulent times of the Oxford riot by a soldier who guarded James Meredith when he integrated Ole Miss.

Hands On the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Faith Holsaert et al, 2010. An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.