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HIST 301 Civil Rights Movement -- Professor Crosby: Library Session, November 6, 2018

Exercise: Community Studies

Search for community studies in IDS Search or WorldCat Classic.

Each group should find as many “community studies” as possible. See what you can find and pull off the shelves in Milne. See what you can find that’s not in Milne. By the end of this exercise, each group should have a pile of books and a Google Doc of additional books. You might have seen something in our library that someone else has already grabbed, put it in your Google Doc. Note: Don’t do this exercise by checking out other people’s piles! Later, when you are working on your paper, use every strategy you can, including browsing bibliographic essays, checking with classmates, looking at shelves (and other people’s piles)!

GOOGLE DOC: Combined list

Exercise: Research Practice

Identify at least two (but more is great) book in each of the categories below that you might use to write a historiographical paper on your topic. Use IDS Search or WorldCat Classic.

Types of books: (You can use the same categories later to begin thinking about articles.)

A. Top-down -- This could include King-centric books. It could also include books about presidents and civil rights, etc. Identify what approaches would be most relevant for your topic.

B. Community studies -- Based on your topic, identify likely locations and look for community studies.

C. Biographies -- Are there people whose movement role would make them a good fit for your topic?

D. Topical books -- This might include topics like religion, nonviolence, self-defense, Black Power, music, and more.

E. Event books -- Are there events that are particularly relevant to your topic?

F. Movement overviews -- One strategy you might try is looking up the one that Payne evaluates and seeing what the LOC headings are and following some of those to see what turns up.

G. Organizational histories --

Group 1 Google Doc
Group 2 Google Doc
Group 3 Google Doc
Group 4 Google Doc
Group 5 Google Doc
Group 6 Google Doc
Group 7 Google Doc
Group 8 Google Doc

Some possible topics. This list is not exhaustive, but this should give you an idea of the types of topics that will work.

women in CRM
self-defense in CRM
nonviolence in CRM
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ella Baker
Birmingham movement
Black Power in the southern Civil Rights Movement
voter registration
John Kennedy presidency
Lyndon Johnson presidency
southern school integration
white resistance
Fannie Lou Hamer
Stokely Carmichael
Albany Movement
Birmingham Movement


Ella Baker WorldCat Analysis

Use WorldCat Classic search for library materials on Ella Baker.

Exercise: Finding Book Reviews

Look for book reviews of these books in America: History & Life and Academic Search Complete. Use this GoogleDoc to record what you find.


1. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, by Taylor Branch

2. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960's, by Clayborne Carson

3. The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era, by Peniel E. Joseph

4. Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America, by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard

5. Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement, by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V. P. Franklin

6. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power, by Timothy Tyson72. I've Got the Light of Freedom, by Charles Payne

7. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, by John Dittmer

8. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement  A Radical Democratic Vision, by Barbara Ransby

9. Civil Rights History From the Ground Up: Local Struggles, A National Movement, by Emilye Crosby

10. A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi, by Emilye Crosby

11. Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America, by Wesley Hogan

12. Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, by Hasan Kwame Jeffries

13. Race & Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972, by Adam Fairclough

14. To Redeem the Soul of America: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr., by Adam Fairclough

15. Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986, by J. Todd Moye

16. The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer, by Chris Meyers Asch

17. 'Give us the Ballot': The Expansion of Black Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969, by  Steven Lawson

18.  The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, by Charles Eagles

19.  Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954–1968, by Alan Draper

20. In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965-1982, by Steven Lawson

Finding articles by historians

Use America: History & Life to find 3 articles by historians on the topic assigned to you in class, recording the bibliographic information in this GoogleDoc. Please limit your selections to books having to do with the civil rights movement years of 1958-1968.