Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council

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The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council. Edited by Peter B. Levy. Movements of the American Mosaic. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 427 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-761-3). E-book available (978-1-61069762-0), call for pricing.

In light of several reference works on the Civil Rights Movement having been published in the past decade, selectors may not be inclined to purchase a new offering on the topic. Nonetheless, recent publications should be carefully considered for content that has been previously overlooked or has gained resonance in recent years. The work under review is a well written, basic window into the African American Civil Rights Movement appropriate for high school and beginning college level research. As part of the Movements of the American Mosaic series, it complements volumes on the Latino and Indian rights movements. Besides the 120 encyclopedic entries, there is a section of primary documents, including the text of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and letters and addresses from the period, as well as a well-crafted index, some illustrations, and a bibliography after each entry.

Another reference book, Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), edited by Christopher M. Richardson and Ralph E. Luker, was published last year and may be more useful for a broader range of college level research. …

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