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Use the tabs below to see resources available on laws related to the Civil Rights Era
The two Constitutional amendments to come out of the Civil Rights Movement were the 23rd Amendment (1961) and the 24th Amendment (1964).
Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences by
Call Number: DCLI Collection, Law Library (KF8745.M34 A4 2001)
Much has been written about Thurgood Marshall, but this is the first book to collect his own words. Here are briefs he filed as a lawyer, oral arguments for the landmark school desegregation cases, investigative reports on race riots and racism in the Army, speeches and articles outlining the history of civil rights and criticizing the actions of more conservative jurists, Supreme Court opinions now widely cited in Constitutional law, a long and complete oral autobiography, and much more.
Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by
Call Number: DCLI Collection, Law Library (KF8745.M34 W55 1998)
Presents a biography of the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court, from his crusade against segregation to his friendships with other famous Black figures.
Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World by
Call Number: DCLI Collection, Law Library (KF517 .L68 2012)
In 1967, the US Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships.
These are good general books on Civil Rights Legislation
Civil Rights and Liberties by
Call Number: DCLI Collection, Law Library (KF4748 .B74 2013)
A distinctive approach to themes and principles encourages students to develop their own views on civil liberties in general and on the specific controversies such as abortion, gay rights, and hate speech.
Civil Rights in the Shadow of Slavery by
Call Number: DCLI Collection, Law Library (KF4749 .R868 2013)
The 1866 Civil Rights Act is one of the most monumental pieces of legislation in American history, figuring into almost every subsequent piece of legislation dealing with civil rights for the next century. While numerous scholars have looked at it in the larger social and political context of Reconstruction and its relationship with the Fourteenth Amendment, this will be the first book that focuses on its central role in the long history of civil rights.