The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation

Perspectives on civil rights not found in history books, edited with Amy Schmidt

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From reviews:

A superb anthology that insightfully captures the link between art and society. An important contribution to both the cultural and the literary history of the enduring African American freedom struggle, this volume showcases an impressive range of literary works that freshly illuminates this powerful struggle.

—Waldo E. Martin, Jr., No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America

The first collection of its kind, one that is much needed and long overdue.

—Christopher Metress, editor of The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary History

In ways that historical documents cannot, these collected writings demonstrate how Americans negotiated the process of defining national values such as freedom, justice, and equality. Armstrong and Schmidt have gathered the works of some of the most influential writers to engage issues of race and social justice in America. The first of its kind, The Civil Rights Reader is an important contribution to both the cultural and the literary history of the African-American freedom struggle.

—Linda T Wynn, The Courier

The Civil Rights Reader is a unique and much-needed anthology of essays, drama, fiction, and poetry representing what is now called the ‘long’ civil rights movement . . . a valuable collection of important, powerful, brilliant literature, one I am grateful to have for my classroom and my shelves.

Arkansas Review