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)!
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 --
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.
Black Power in the southern Civil Rights Movement
John Kennedy presidency
Lyndon Johnson presidency
southern school integration
Fannie Lou Hamer
Example: STRUGGLE FOR BLACK POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT IN THREE GEORGIA COUNTIES, by Lawrence J. Hanks
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