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Library of Congress, American Folklife Center and Smithsonian, Selected Resources

The list below highlights published books and non-fiction films that draw extensively on oral histories and the reminiscences of participants in the Civil Rights Movement. In several instances, individual entries are linked to specific collections in the survey database indicating the location and extent of the source material -- the recorded interviews or texts -- from which the publications derive.

Researchers seeking access to the source materials for these publications are requested to contact the holding institution directly.


  • Adams, Julianne Lewis and Thomas A. DeBlack. Civil Obedience: An Oral History of School Desegregation in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1954-1965. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
  • Arsenault, Ray. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Barnet, Judith, ed. Moving Mountains One Stone at a Time: Memoirs of Margaret Moseley, as Told to Berry Shea. Publisher: M. Moseley, 1993.
  • Beifuss, Joan Turner. At the river I Stand: Memphis, the 1968 strike, and Martin Luther King. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Publishing, 1989 [1985].
  • Beardslee, William R. The Way Out Must Lead In: Life Histories in the Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta: Emory University, 1977.
  • Bermanzohn, Sally Avery. Through Survivors' Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro Massacre. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2003.
  • Blake, John. Children of the Movement: The Sons and Daughters of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, George Wallace, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Stokley Carmichael, Bob Moses, James Chaney, Elaine Brown, and Others Reveal How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Transformed Their Families. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2004.
  • Brooks, Pamela E. Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women's Resistance in the U.S. South and South Africa. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.
  • Couto, Richard A. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round: The Pursuit of Racial Justice in the Rural South. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1991.
  • Chafe, William H. Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
  • Chafe, William H., et al., eds. Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South. New York: New Press, in association with Lyndhurst Books of the Center for Documentary Studies of Duke University. Dist. W. W. Norton, 2001.
  • Clark, Kenneth B. King, Malcolm, Baldwin: Three Interviews. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1985.
  • Cosby, Camille O. and Renee Poussaint, eds. A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak. New York: Atria Books, 2004.
  • Dent, Thomas. Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Morrow, 1997.
  • Dittmer, John. The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009.
  • Eick, Gretchen. Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Findlay, James F. Church People in the Struggle: The National Council of Churches and the Black Freedom Movement, 1950-1970. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Fosl, Catherine and Tracy E. K'Meyer. Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010.
  • Govenar, Alan B. Untold Glory: African Americans in Pursuit of Freedom, Opportunity, and Achievement. New York: Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, 2007.
  • Greenberg, Cheryl Lynn, ed. A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 1998.
  • Greenhaw, Wayne. Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2011.
  • Halberstam, David. The Children. New York: Random House, 1998.
  • Halpern, Rick, and Roger Horowitz. Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996
  • Hampton, Henry, Steve Fayer and Sarah Flynn. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s. New York: Bantam, 1991.
  • Holsaert, Faith S., Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner, eds. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
  • Honey, Michael K. Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Hopkins, Evans D. 2005. Life after Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Hughes, John C. Lillian Walker, Washington State Civil Rights Pioneer: A Biography & Oral History. Olympia, Wash.: Washington State Legacy Project, Office of the Secretary of State, 2010.
  • Huntley, Horace and John W. McKerley, eds. Foot Soldiers for Democracy: The Men, Women, and Children of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • Jeffries, Hasan Kwame. Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt. New York: New York University Press. 2009.
  • Jeffries, Judson L., ed. On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities Across America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.
  • Kelly, Hilton. Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow's Teachers. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Kennedy, Stetson. The Klan Unmasked. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University Press, 1990.
  • Kisseloff, Jeff. Generation on Fire: Voices of Protest from the 1960s: An Oral History. Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2007.
  • K'Meyer, Tracy E. Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South: Louisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.
  • Kornbluh, Felecia. The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
  • Levine, Ellen S. Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories. New York: Putnam, 1993.
  • Lukas, J. Anthony. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. New York: Knopf, 1985.
  • McGreevy, John T. Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South: An Oral History. Rural Organizing and Cultural Center (Holmes County, Miss.): Boulder: Westview Press, 1991.
  • Morris, Aldon D. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: Free Press; London: Collier Macmillan, 1984.
  • Murphy, Sara Alderman. Breaking the Silence: Little Rock's Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, 1958-1963. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997.
  • Pomerantz, Gary M. Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: The Saga of Two Families and the Making of Atlanta. New York: Scribner, 1996.
  • Raines, Howell. My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered. New York: Putnam, 1977.
  • Randall, Herbert, and Bobs M. Tusa. Faces of Freedom Summer. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001.
  • Rothschild, Mary Aickin. A Case of Black and White: Northern Volunteers and the Southern Freedom Summers, 1964-1965. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982.
  • Rose, Thomas and John Greenya. Black Leaders, Then and Now: A Personal History of Students Who Led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's--And What Happened to Them. Garrett Park, MD.: Distributed by Garrett Park Press, 1984.
  • Rovetch, Emily, ed. Like It Is: Arthur E. Thomas Interviews Leaders on Black America. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981.
  • Schultz, Debra. Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
  • Schwartz, Harvey. Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009.
  • Silber, Norman I. With All Deliberate Speed: The Life of Philip Elman: An Oral History Memoir. Ann Arbor, Mich.: The University of Michigan Press, 2004.
  • Smith, Suzanne E. Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Sokol, Jason. There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
  • Stanton, Mary. Freedom Walk: Mississippi or Bust. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
  • Stoper, Emily. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: The Growth of Radicalism in a Civil Rights Organization. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1989.
  • Sugarman, Tracy. We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Syracuse University Press, 2009.
  • Sugrue, Thomas J. Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. New York: Random House, c2008.
  • Terry, Wallace. Missing Pages: Black Journalists of Modern America: An Oral History. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007.
  • Thompson, Becky. A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
  • Thompson, Cooper, Emmett Schaefer, and Harry Brod. White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.
  • Tucker, Susan. Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South. New York: Schocken Books, 1988.
  • Tyson, Timothy B. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
  • Valk, Ann and Leslie Brown. Living with Jim Crow: African American women and memories of the segregated South. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Vaughn, Wally G., ed. Reflections on Our Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 1954-1960. Dover, Mass.: Majority Press, 1999.
  • Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. New York: Random House, 2010.
  • Williams, Juan. My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience. New York: AARP/Sterling, 2004.


  • 4 Little Girls. HBO Home Video, 1997.
  • A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom. California Newsreel, 1998.
  • Malcolm X: Make It Plain. Blackside, Inc., 1994.
  • Anchor of the Soul: A Documentary about Black History in Maine. Shoshana Hoose and Karine Odlin, 1992.
  • Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. Appalshop, 2011.
  • At the River I Stand. California Newsreel, 1993.
  • The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords. California Newsreel, 1998.
  • Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story. California Newsreel, 2008.
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. California Newsreel, 2002.
  • Curators of Culture: Chicago's South Side Community Art Center. WYCC, 2005.
  • The Dockum Sit-In: A Legacy of Courage. Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, 2009.
  • Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. Blackside, Inc., 1986.
  • Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985. Blackside, Inc., 1990.
  • Fannie Lou Hamer: Voting Rights Activist & Civil Rights Leader. TMW Media Group, Inc., 2010.
  • February One. California Newsreel, 2004.
  • Foot Soldier for Equal Justice. Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 2000.
  • Freedom on My Mind. California Newsreel, 1994.
  • Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker. New Day Films, 1981.
  • God’s Will. The Documentary Group, 2000.
  • Hamilton Earl Holmes: The Legacy Continues. UGA Office of Instructional Support and Development, 2004.
  • Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels. Episcopal Media Center, 2000.
  • A House Divided. Xavier University, 1987.
  • Hoxie: The First Stand. California Newsreel, 2003.
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Central TV/PBS, 1980.
  • July '64. California Newsreel, 2006.
  • Lessons Learned. WYES-TV, 1992.
  • Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement. Time Life Entertainment, 2009.
  • Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. Kentucky Educational Television, 2002.
  • The Magic City of Steel: A History of Gary, Indiana. WYIN, 1997
  • Mississippi, America. PBS Home Video, 1998.
  • Mrs. Chaney's Quilt. Grapevine/PBS, 1990.
  • Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power. California Newsreel, 2005.
  • Ordinary Americans: The Civil Rights Movement. Close Up Foundation, 2000.
  • Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender. Middle Passage Productions, Inc., 2005.
  • The Power of Our Presence 1910-2005: The Black Experience at Simmons College. Simmons College/Olaeye Communications, 2005.
  • A Principled Man: Rev. Leon Sullivan. University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2000.
  • Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey. California Newsreel, 2001.
  • REVOLUTION ’67. California Newsreel, 2007.
  • Rice & Roses. Hawaii Public Television, 1987.
  • The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. California Newsreel, 2002.
  • The Road to Brown. California Newsreel, 1990.
  • Rosa Parks: The Path to Freedom. Filmakers Library, 1996.
  • Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968. California Newsreel, 2009.
  • The Sixties. Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2005.
  • SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference. California Newsreel, 2011.
  • The Strange Demise of Jim Crow. California Newsreel, 1998.
  • Tent City Story. University of Tennessee, 2009.
  • Through One City's Eyes: Race Relations in America's Heartland. Duncan Group, 2001.
  • The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. Velocity/Think, 2005.
  • Voices of Civil Rights. A&E Home Video, 2006.
  • With All Deliberate Speed. Starz/Anchor Bay, 2004.
  • A Woman's Town. Part Two: A Change was in the Air. Another Ann Arbor, Inc., 1994.
  • You Got To Move: Stories of Change in the South. Milestone Films, 1985.


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