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Observing Black History Month - In the Collection

Posted: Feb 01, 2018



In recognition of Black History Month, we’ve brought together materials from our collection about legislation and court cases that have had a profound impact on African Americans in the United States and especially in Massachusetts. These include  accounts of cases that either slowed or advanced the expansion of civil rights, as well as biographies of significant lawyers and judges who worked to fulfill the promises of the Constitution. 

Titles in Our Collection Include:

The segregation case and the Supreme Court / by John L. Fletcher, Jr.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1006832?lang=eng

The Constitution in conflict / Robert A. Burt.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1019044?lang=eng

Simple justice : the history of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality / by Richard Kluger.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1021661?lang=eng

Common ground : a turbulent decade in the lives of three American families / J. Anthony Lukas.

http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1027371?lang=eng

It is so ordered : the Supreme Court rules on school segregation / by Daniel M. Berman.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1030647?lang=eng

Thurgood Marshall : his speeches, writings, arguments, opinions, and reminiscences / edited by Mark V. Tushnet   foreword by Randall Kennedy.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1030796?lang=eng

Brown v. Board of Education : a civil rights milestone and its troubled legacy / James T. Patterson.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1030189?lang=eng

Clarence Thomas : a biography / Andrew Peyton Thomas.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1034388?lang=eng

Sarah's long walk : the free Blacks of Boston and how their struggle for equality changed America / Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick.

http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1080236?lang=eng

Black trials : citizenship from the beginnings of slavery to the end of caste / Mark S. Weiner.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1089539?lang=eng

Bridging the divide : my life / Edward W. Brooke.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1108296?lang=eng

Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007 / prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration of the U.S. House of Representatives, by the Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.

http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1118106?lang=eng

Bad blood : the Tuskegee syphilis experiment / James H. Jones.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1118298?lang=eng

King of the cats : the life and times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. / Wil Haygood.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1118287?lang=eng

Black Bostonians : family life and community struggle in the Antebellum North / James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1121636?lang=eng

Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North / Thomas J. Sugrue.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1121631?lang=eng

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1125406?lang=eng

The hanging of Thomas Jeremiah : a free Black man's encounter with liberty / J. William Harris.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1128116?lang=eng

The presumption of guilt : the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and race, class, and crime in America / Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1129478?lang=eng

Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution / Simon Schama.

http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1136280?lang=eng

Parting the waters : America in the King years, 1954-63 / Taylor Branch.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1143974?lang=eng