Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Sunday Book List: Civil Rights

[This is the second in a series of special book roundups reflecting on Ph.D. reading lists and general exams. The first in the series can be found here.]

Although few books on my exam reading lists were categorized specifically as "civil rights," many on the topic found their way into sections on constitutional law, urban change, 20th century politics, and the American West. Here in this post, I’ve gathered together the books on civil rights that populated my three exam fields--“U.S. History from 1865 to Present,” “Anglo-American Legal History,” and “Race, Gender & Place”--plus a few more that deserve to be on any list but didn't quite make my own.

General
Courts and Lawyers
Local Studies
The Long Civil Rights Movement and Economic Rights
Civil Rights in the North and West
Civil Rights and Suburbanization
Civil Rights and National Politics

And there are, of course, all the books we’ve highlighted through Sunday Book Roundups and new release posts. You can sift through many of them by checking out those tagged under “civil rights.”

For more thoughts on civil rights historiography take a look at these posts: one by guest blogger Christopher Capozzola here, and a second by guest blogger Susan D. Carle here.

What else is essential on a "Civil Rights Movement" reading list?

1 comment:

Vicky Saker Woeste said...

Hi, Emily,

I would in all modesty suggest my recent book on Jewish lawyers, civil rights, and speech: Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech, which looks at the role of Jewish civil rights lawyers in a prolonged dispute over antisemitic defamation. I talk about the relationship between Jewish religious and racial identities and the ambivalence of Jewish defense organizations to treat individual libel actions as vehicles for social change.