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The Civil Rights Movement

Revised Edition, 1st Edition

By Bruce J. Dierenfield


180 pages

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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 African-Americans overcame long odds to dethrone segregation, to exercise the right to vote and to improve their economic standing.

Organized in a clear chronological fashion, the book shows how concerted 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.

Table of Contents



Who’s Who



List of plates

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

6. Sit-Ins

7. Freedom Ride

8. Battle Of Ole Miss

9. Bombingham

10. March On Washington

PART FOUR: The Movement Fractures

11. Freedom Summer

12. Bloody Sunday

PART FIVE: The Dream Deferred

13. Black Power





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