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Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

Branch, Taylor, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954 - 1963, Simon & Schuster, 1988.

______________, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963 - 1965, Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Davis, Townsend, Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement,W. W. & Norton Company, 1998.

Eskew, Glenn T., But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle, University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Friedland, Michael B., Lift Up Your Voice Like a Trumpet: White Clergy and the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements, 1954 - 1973, University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Halberstam, David, The Children, Random House, 1998.

Higham, John, Civil Rights and Social Wrongs: Black-White Relations Since World War II, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.

Litwack, Leon F., Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

McKnight, Gerald D., The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King, Jr., the F.B.I., and the People's Campaign, Westview Press, 1998.

Weisbrot, Robert, Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement, Plume, 1990.

Williams, Juan, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954 - 65, Viking Press, 1987.

Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Biographies

Beals, Melba Pattillo, Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High, Washington Square Press, 1964.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., and James Washington (ed.), A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Harper & Row, 1986.

Lewis, John with Michael D'Orso, Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Raines, Howell, My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South, G.P. Putnam's & Sons, 1977.

Rowan, Carl, South of Freedom, Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
Sikora, Frank, The Judge: The Life and Opinions of Alabama's Frank M. Johnson, Jr., Black Belt Press, 1992.
Web, Sheyann, et al, Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days, University of Alabama Press, 1997.

Organizational Histories

Carson, Clayborne, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, Harvard University Press, 1995.

Finch, Minnie, The NAACP: Its Fight for Justice, Scarecrow Press, 1981.

Greenberg, Cheryl Lynn, A Circle of Trust: Remembering SNCC, Rutgers University Press, 1998.

Harris, Jacqueline L., History and Achievements of the NAACP (The African American Experience), F. Watts, 1992.

Meier, August, and Elliot Rudwick, CORE: A Study in the Civil Rights Movement, 1942-1968, Univeristy of Illinois Press, 1975.

Moore, Jesse Thomas, A Search for Equality : The National Urban League, 1910-1961, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1981.

St. James, Warren D., NAACP: Triumphs of a Pressure Group, Nineteen Hundred and Nine Thru Nineteen Hundred and Eighty, Exposition Press, 1980.

Books for Young Readers

Coleman, Evelyn, Tyrone Geter (Illustrator) White Socks Only, Albert Whitman & Co., March 1996.

King, Martin Luther, and Coretta Scott King, I Have a Dream, Scholastic Trade, 1997.

King, Casey, Linda Barret Osborne, and Joe Brooks (Illustrator), Oh, Freedom! : Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement With the People Who Made It Happen, Knopf, 1997.

Parks, Rosa, and Gregory J. Reed, Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth, Lee & Low Books, 1996.

Winslow, Vicki, and Colin Bootman (Illustrator), Follow the Leader, Bantam Books, 1997.

General Reference

Horton, James Oliver and Lois E. (eds.), A History of the African American People: The History, Traditions, & Culture of African Americans, Smithmark, 1995.

Hine, Darlene Clark (ed.), Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, Volumes 1 and 2, Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1993.

Logan, Rayford W. and Michael R. Winston (eds.), Dictionary of American Negro Biography, W.W. Norton, 1982.

Savage, Beth L. (ed.), African American Historic Places, The Preservation Press, 1994.

Salem, Dorothy C. (ed.), African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Garland, 1993.

Civil Rights Movement Resources on the Web

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Explore the birth home and neighborhood of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the civil rights movement's most important leaders, as administered and interpreted by the National Park Service.

Lincoln Memorial
Discover the varied political and social history of Lincoln Memorial, as administered and interpreted by the National Park Service.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Visit the site that initiated one of the Supreme Court's most important decisions, ending segregation in public schools, as administered and interpreted by the National Park Service.

Our Shared History: Celebrating African American History and Culture
A "Links to the Past" feature highlighting and connecting the National Park Service's various African American resources.

National Scenic Byways Online
Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this site promotes the FHWA-designated All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways, as well as many state and federally-designated byways, including the Selma-To-Montgomery National Historic Trail and All-American Road featured in this itinerary.

National Scenic Byways Program This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Selma to Montogomery March Byway website for more ideas.

National Park Service Trails System
Learn more about trails, both scenic and historic, located throughout the United States.

The Ollie Atkins Photograph Collection
View online some of the incredible photographs (many of which are used in this itinerary) taken by Olliver F. Atkins, a photographer for The Saturday Evening Post, Washington Post, and President Richard Nixon's personal photographer.

Lesson Plan: An American Success Story: The Pope House of Raleigh, NC
The Pope House, the home of Dr. Manassa T. Pope, an African-American doctor and entrepreneur who fought for civil rights well before the modern Civil Rights Movement, is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: From Canterbury to Little Rock: The Struggle for Educational Equality for African Americans
Little Rock Central High School is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: The Liberty Bell: From Obscurity to Icon
The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom for the Civil Rights movement, is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: New Kent School and the George W. Watkins School:
From Freedom of Choice to Integration

These two schools, involved in the U.S. Supreme Court case that forced the integration of public schools, are the subjects of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: Shaking the Conscience of the Nation
The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Lesson Plan: Brown V. Board: Five Communities that Changed America
Brown V. Board of Education is the subject of an online lesson plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed in the National Register.

Teaching with Historic Places
This website, maintained by the National Park Service, offers online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators to help teachers use historic places in the classroom.  Each lesson is linked to national standards for history and the social studies.

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries 
Other travel itineraries in the National Park Service's ongoing series include many historic destinations that you can visit online or in person.  Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, community, or theme.

Travel Web Sites for States Featured in "We Shall Overcome"

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Florida Commission on Tourism

Georgia: Industry, Travel, and Tourism

The Illinois Bureau of Tourism

Kentucky Department of Travel

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Missouri Division of Tourism

Mississippi Division of Tourism Development

Nebraska Tourism Office

Nevada Commission on Tourism

New York Travel and Tourism

North Carolina Division of Tourism

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Texas Department of Economic Development

Virginia Tourism Development

Washington, DC Office of Tourism and Promotions

West Virginia Division of Tourism

Historic Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels in the vicinity of this itinerary.

Preservation Resources for States Featured in "We Shall Overcome"

Alabama SHPO

Florida SHPO

Georgia SHPO

Massachusetts SHPO

Nevada SHPO

New York SHPO

North Carolina SHPO

South Carolina SHPO

Texas SHPO

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national non-profit preservation organization.

Historic Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.


National Park Service Office of Tourism
National parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the NPS promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.


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