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The civil rights movement was arguably the most important reform in American history. This book recounts the extraordinary and often bloody story of how tens of thousands of ordinary blacks overcame long odds to dethrone segregation, to exercise the right to vote and to improve their economic standing. Their civil rights movement required unfathomable courage and persistent agitation, during which many activists sacrificed their homes, jobs and lives.
Written in a lively and accessible style, the book:
Organized in a clear chronological fashion, the book shows how concerted black pressure in a variety of forms ultimately carried the day in realizing a more just society for African Americans. It will provide students of American history with an invaluable comprehensive introduction to the Civil Rights Movement.
Bruce J. Dierenfield is Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professor of American History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Acknowledgements List Of Abbreviations The Problem PART ONE: THE MISSISSIPPI PLAN
1. Jim Crow South PART TWO: THE NEW NEGRO
2. Origins of the Movement
3. The Brown Decision
4. Little Rock Crisis PART THREE: FREEDOM BOUND
5. Montgomery Bus Boycott
7. Freedom Ride
8. Battle Of Ole Miss
10. March On Washington PART FOUR: THE MOVEMENT FRACTURES
11. Freedom Summer
12. Bloody Sunday PART FIVE: THE DREAM DEFERRED
13. Epilogue PART SIX: ASSESSMENT PART SEVEN: DOCUMENTS PART EIGHT: APPENDICES Chronology Glossary Who¿s Who Bibliographic Essay Index