Civil Rights and African Americans

Paper Text – $55.00

ISBN 978-0-8101-0920-9
Publication Date
February 1992
Page Count
672 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Civil Rights and African Americans

A Documentary History
Albert Blaustein and Robert L. Zangrando

This volume brings together for the first time all the important primary documents in the history of civil rights in the United States. Beginning in 1619, it contains original texts on slavery, abolition, the Civil War, Reconstruction, desegregation, the NAACP, and the black power movement. A thought-provoking preface provides an overview of the developments in civil rights law and public policy to the present day.

Many of the documents included were previously scattered in hard-to-find sources, not readily available to instructors and students. Civil Rights and African Americans is the first collection of all the seminal texts of the civil rights struggle, an invaluable scholarly reference and riveting reading for anyone interested in the history of racial conflict in the United States.

About the Author

Albert P. Balustein, Professor of Law Emeritus at the Rutgers Law School in Camden, is the president of the Philadelphia Constitution Foundation and counsel to the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, and Kauffman. He has authored and edited more than twenty-five books, including the twenty-two volume Constitutions of the Countries of the World and the eight-volume Constitutions of Dependencies and Special Sovereignties. He is the co-author of the Human Rights Sourcebook and Desegregation and the Law. 

Robert L. Zangrando is professor of history at the Unviersity of Akron, and has published widely on the American civil rights movement. He is author of The NAACP Crusade against Lynching (1909-1950) and is currently working on a biography of Walter White.