Lynch Law in America

Source: The Arena 23 (January 1900): 15–24. Our country's national crime is lynching. It is…

Gender and Equality

"The influence of woman is not limited to the domestic circle. Society is her empire."…

Brown v. Board of Education

Source: 347 U.S. 483; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/347/483 Chief Justice WARREN delivered the unanimous opinion of the Court,…

University of California Regents v. Bakke

Source: 438 U.S. 265; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/438/265 For Justice Stevens’s opinion, see https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/438/265.html#tt10  Justice POWELL announced the…

Reynolds v. Sims

Source: 377 U.S. 533; https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/377/533 Chief Justice WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court, joined…

“The Coming Woman”

Source: Victoria Woodhull, “The Coming Woman,” March 29, 1870, New York Herald, p. 8. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6836678/victoria_woodhull_announces_her/…

The Supreme Court: Core Cases

This volume presents 25 core decisions of the Supreme Court. Arranged in chronological order, they…

Chapter 27: The Equal Rights Amendment

A. Representative Shirley Chisholm, Address to The United States House of Representatives, May 21, 1969 …

Chapter 26: The Civil Rights Act, 1964

A. “Harlem,” Langston Hughes, 1951 What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up…

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: Documents & Debates – The Civil Rights Acts of 1964

Study in-depth the context around, debate over, and impact of the Civil Rights Acts of…

[CANCELED] One-Day Seminar: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, hosted by Canyons School District (Salt Lake City area, UT)

Study the context around, ideas of, and debate over the Civil Rights Act of 1964,…

Implementing Brown v. Board of Education: One Southern Town’s Story

Part I: Behind the Scenes, an Interracial Team Plans Integration Ellen Deitz Tucker In May…

A Brand Plucked from the Fire

Source: Julia A. J. Foote, A Brand Plucked from the Fire (Cleveland, W. F. Schneider:…

We’re On Our Way

Source: Fannie Lou Hamer, “We’re On Our Way,” Speech before a mass meeting held at…

One-Day Seminar: Civil Rights Speeches & Leaders hosted by Stevens Point High School (Stevens Point, WI)

[caption id="attachment_18260" align="aligncenter" width="321"] Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh and Martin Luther King Jr. at the…

The Justices’ View on Brown v. Board of Education

Source: Harold H. Burton to Earl Warren, and Felix Frankfurter to Warren, May 17, 1954,…

I Have A Dream

Source: Text is from the online version provided by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research…

Statement on the War in Vietnam

Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, Freedom Summer Collection, Lucile Montgomery Papers, 1963-1967, Historical Society Library Microforms…

The Negro in American Life (Guidance for the Voice of America)

Source: Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, Records Relating to International Information…

Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

Source: Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79 (May 23, 1935), pp. 8040-43. The…

“Black Cotton Farmers and the AAA”

Source: Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, 13:3 (March 1935), p. 72. Available at http://newdeal.feri.org/opp/opp3572.htm.…

“Black Labor and the Codes”

Source: Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, 11:8 (August 1933), p. 231. If there were…

Letters to Yank Magazine

Source: Rupert Trimmingham, letters to the editor, Yank, April 28, 1944 and July 28, 1944.…

“Why Should We March?”

Source: A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” Survey Graphic 31 (November 1942), pp 488-89.…

The First Lady Visits Tuskegee

Source: Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day: A Comprehensive, Electronic Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day” Columns.…

Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights

John F. Kennedy: “Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights,” June 11,…

Birmingham Manifesto

https://goo.gl/4WmEvJ. Fred Shuttlesworth and N. H. Smith were ministers in Birmingham, Alabama active in the…

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States

Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964). Available online from…

Debate on the Civil Rights Act

Originally Broadcast on CBS Reports: Filibuster—Birth Struggle of a Law, March 18, 1964. Available at…

Eleanor Roosevelt with “Chief” Charles Alfred Johnson

Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day: A Comprehensive, Electronic Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day” Columns. Online…

Documents and Debates in American History and Government: Vol. 2, 1865-2009

This collection of documents presents American history from 1865 to 2009 as a series of…

Religion in American History and Politics: 25 Core Docs

This volume draws together twenty-five primary documents through which readers may trace central themes in…

50 Core Documents That Tell America’s Story

In 1825, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson discussed by letter the kinds of texts that…

Black Power: The Politics of Liberation

‘To carve out a place for itself in the politico-social order,’ V.O. Key, Jr. wrote…

“To Secure These Rights”, The Report of President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights

Assignment from the President MR. PRESIDENT: This is the report which we have prepared in…

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Platform

National Negro Committee 500 Fifth Ave New York We denounce the ever-growing oppression of our…

Civil Rights: Suggested Answers

Answers should begin by explaining the distinction between emancipation and possession of full political rights…

Civil Rights Toolkit

The African-American Civil Rights movement is typically seen as having taken place mostly in the…

Did John Brown Fail?

Not to fan the flame of sectional animosity now happily in the process of rapid…

Self-Made Men

The subject announced for this evening’s entertainment is not new. Man in one form or…

Remarks at Gettysburg on Civil Rights

On this hallowed ground, heroic deeds were performed and eloquent words were spoken a century…

Port Huron Statement

Source: Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (New York: The Student Department…

Lessons of the Hour (excerpt)

… Do not ask me what will be the final result of the so-called negro…

The Slaveholders’ Rebellion

FELLOW CITIZENS: Eighty-six years ago the fourth of July was consecrated and distinguished among all…

Our Composite Nationality

As nations are among the largest and the most complete divisions into which society is…

Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom

… I am convinced that for practical as well as moral reasons, nonviolence offers the…

State of the Union Address (1965)

On this Hill which was my home, I am stirred by old friendships. Though total…

State of the Union Address (1964)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House and Senate, my fellow Americans: I will…

Malcolm X At the Audubon Ballroom

Salaam Alaikum. I suppose I should take time to explain what I mean when I…
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