Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song

Edited collection of classroom tested essays from professional educators using a variety of disciplinary approaches, edited with Susan Hult Edwards, Houston Bryan Roberson, and Rhonda W. Williams

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From reviews:

“At last a collection that broadens and deepens conventional understandings of the Civil Rights Movement, that goes far beyond Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat, Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and the repeated scenes of dramatic interracial face-offs before the camera crews. It will be an essential text not just for scholars and teachers, but also for anyone seeking a less reverential, more multifaceted approach to the Civil Rights Movement.” — Deborah McDowell, University of Virginia

“This valuable collection complicates and enriches the teaching of the civil rights movement. Employing the most recent scholarship, these essays challenge traditional approaches and provide excellent examples of innovative and compelling ways to teach this movement, and African American history more generally.” — Barbara Dianne Savage, UPenn

“This book belongs in the library of every teaching historian…It will appeal not merely to those who focus on the history of the American civil rights movement but to all who seek new approaches to history pedagogy.” — History of Education Quarterly