Chicago Freedom Movement

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Chicago Freedom Movement

  • Anderson, Alan B., and George W. Pickering. Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986.
  • Garrow, David, ed. Chicago 1966: Open Housing Marches, Summit Negotiations, and Operation Breadbasket. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1989.
  • Ralph, James, Jr. Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Chicago Freedom Movement

  • Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
  • Fairclough, Adam. To Redeem the Soul of America: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987.
  • Garrow, David J. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1986.
  • Ling, Peter J. Martin Luther King, Jr. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Matusow, Allen J. The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

Chicago Race Relations

  • Cohen, Adam and Elizabeth Taylor. American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley and His Battle for Chicago and the Nation. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000.
  • Danns, Dionne. Something Better for Our Children: Black Organizing in Chicago Public Schools, 1963-1971. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Hirsch, Arnold. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
  • Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1991.
  • McGreevy, John T. Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Civil Rights Movement in the North

  • Eick, Gretchen Cassel. Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-1972. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Theoharis, Jeanne F., and Komozi Woodard, Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Legacies of the Chicago Freedom Movement

  • Frady, Marshall. Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson. New York. New York: Random House, 1996.
  • Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy A. Denton. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.
  • Moyer, Bill with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, and Steven Soifer. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2001.

First-hand perspectives

  • Abernathy, Ralph. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
  • Jackson, J.H. Unholy Shadows and Freedom’s Holy Light. Nashville: Townsend Press, 1967.
  • King, Coretta Scott. My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
  • McKersie, Robert B., A Decisive Decade: An Insider’s View of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.
  • Travis, Dempsey J. An Autobiography of Black Politics. Chicago: Urban Research Press, 1987.
  • Young, Andrew. An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.


  • Johnson, Charles. Dreamer: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

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