HIST 4333 / HIST 5386: African American Civil Rights Movement

Get started researching topics in the history of the African American Civil Rights Movement.


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Erin Owens
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This guide is intended to help you begin researching Civil Rights history in the United States.

This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this subject or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

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Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Civil Rights, then look for more specific subjects, such as Civil Rights Movements United States.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

Browse the Collection

You can browse for books on the history of the black civil rights movement in the U.S. in this call number range:

E184.5 - E185.98 (4th floor)

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Other Books (A Sampling)

The following list represents only a small sampling of books in the Library about the Civil Rights movement. Search for more books about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement...

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