Civil Rights Movement
During the 1950s and ‘60s, African-Americans campaigned for an end to racial discrimination through a series of non-violent protests and marches. The Civil Rights Movement culminated with the passage of federal laws banning discrimination in voting, employment, housing and other sectors of American society.
Secondary Sources on the Civil Rights Movement
Learn about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement with this compilation of secondary sources.
Top Sites for Secondary Sources on the Civil Rights Movement
PBS’ “Eyes of the Prize” is a 14-hour documentary series produced in the late 1980s that examined the struggle for civil rights. The companion Web site for the series examines 25 significant events with video excerpts. It also includes profiles of people and organizations, accounts of noteworthy milestones, reflective essays from those who lived through the era, and an assortment of primary source material.
Stanford University’s King Institute has an encyclopedia of the Civil Rights Movement, with over 1,000 detailed entries on people, organizations and events.
The Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement gives a year-by-year look at the protests, boycotts, marches, voting campaigns and other events that made up the Civil Rights Movement.
The National Parks Service recounts the Civil Rights Movement through a virtual tour of historic sites, such as Little Rock Central High School, the Selma-to-Montgomery march route, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home.
The Library of Congress summarizes many of the most important events of the Civil Rights era.
The Dirksen Congressional Center provides a detailed timeline of the Civil Rights lawmaking process between 1963 and 1965 with links to primary source material interspersed.
Primary Sources for the Civil Rights Movement
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Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement
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