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Civil Rights Project

Research Guide for Zarnesky's Civil Rights Project

Featured E-Books

The Most Segregated City in America:  City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920–1980

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Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers

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Freedom Summer 1964

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Risking Everything:  A Freedom Summer Reader

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From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s

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Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers

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Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party

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The Civil Rights Movement

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The Freedom Quilting Bee: Folk Art and the Civil Rights Movement

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Little Rock Nine

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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Café Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights

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How to Search

  • Use QUOTE MARKS to search for an exact phrase: "Little Rock Nine"
  • Combine keywords with AND to find ALL the words: sit-in AND Greensboro
  • Combine keywords with OR to find EITHER of the words: sit-in OR "lunch counter"
  • Put OR phrases in PARENTHESES: ("Martin Luther King, Jr." OR MLK)


Search Examples

You can copy and paste these into the Summon search box!

  • "The United States vs. Billie Holiday"
  • "Billie Holiday" AND "Strange Fruit"
  • "Little Rock Nine"
  • "Emmett Till"
  • Birmingham AND bombing AND church AND 1963
  • Selma AND Montgomery AND march AND 1965
  • sit-in AND Greensboro
  • (sit-in OR sit-ins OR "lunch counter") AND civil rights
  • "Freedom Riders"
  • "Freedom Summer"
  • "Black Panther Party"
  • ("Martin Luther King, Jr." OR MLK)
  • ("Martin Luther King, Jr." OR MLK) AND "I Have a Dream"
  • "Letter from Birmingham Jail"


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  • Choose the type of resources you want to see:  ebooks, magazine articles, reference, etc.
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