Sources: Books, Reports, Papers, Dissertations

Civil Rights Resources

Barry, John W. Rising Tide, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Beito, David T. and Royster Beito, Linda. Black Maverick, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Bennett Jr., Lerone. A History of Black America, Chicago: Johnson Publishing, Milennium Edition, 2003.

Bond, Bradley G. Mississippi, A Documentary History, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003.

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Cagin, Seth and Philip Dray. We Are Not Afraid, New York: Bantam Books, 1988.

Case, Carroll. The Slaughter: An American Atrocity, FBC, Inc., 1998.

Cobb, James (ed.). The Mississippi Delta and the World; The Memoirs of David L. Cohn, Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

Cobb, James. The Most Southern Place on Earth, New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Cockrell, ed., Monroe F. The Lost Account of the Battle of Corinth, North Carolina: Broadfoot Publishing, 2003.

Cohn, David. Where I was Born and Raised, Boston: University of Notre Dame Press, 1948.

Cohodas, Nadine. The Band Played Dixie, New York: The Free Press, 1997.

Cothren, Paige. The Echo of Silence, First Biltmore Corporation, 2003.

Cutler, James E. Lynch Law, New York: Patterson Smith, 1969.

Delaughter, Bobby. Never Too Late, New York: Scribner, 2001.

Dittmer, John. Local People, Urbana and Chicago: University of Ilinois Press, 1995.

Doyle, William. An American Insurrection, New York: Anchor Books, 2003.

Du Bois, W . E. B. Black Reconstrucion: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880, South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, updated Feb. 28, 2005.

Elkins, Stanley M. Slavery and the Formation of Character and Slavery, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Evers, Charles. Have No Fear, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Evers, Myrlie with William Peters. For Us, The Living, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Fitzgerald, Michael W. The Union League Movement in the Deep South Politics and Franklin, John Hope and Loren Schweninger.

Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Germany, Dr. Horace. At Any Cost, Anderson, Indiana: Warner Press, 2000.

Glick, Brian. War at Home: Covert Acions Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It, Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1989.

Halberstam, David. The Fifies, New York: Villard Books, 1993.

Halberstam, David. The Children, New York: Random House, 1998.

Hatch, John Africa, Love, Berkeley, California: 2ndsight Books, 2002.

Hatch, John. Mississippi Swamp, Berkeley, Calif: 2ndsight Books, 2001.

Hemphill, Marie M. Fevers, foods and faith, Indianola: private press, 1980.

Henry, Aaron and Constance Curry. The Fire Ever Burning, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.

Hill, Lance. The Deacons For Defense Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Holland, Ph.D., Endesha Ida Mae. From the Mississippi Delta, a Memoir, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Howard, John. Men Like That A Southern Queer History, London: The University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Hudson-Weems, Clenora. Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb in the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Bedford Pub; 3 Revised edition, 2000.

Huffman, Alan. Mississippi in Africa. New York: Gotham Books, 2004.

Libby, David J. Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind, New York: Vintage Books.

Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me, New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Lomax, Alan. The Land Where the Blues Began, New York: The New Press, 1993.

Markle, Donald E. Spies and Spymasters ofhe Civil War, New York: Hippocrene Books, 1995.

Massengill, Reed. Portrait of a Racist, New York: St. Martins Press, 1993.

McIlhany II, William H. Klandestine, New Rochele: Arlington House, 1975.

McMillen, Neil R. The Citizens Council, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Mettress, ed., Christopher. The Lynching of Emmett Till: a Documentary Narrative, Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2002.

Minor, Bill. Eyes on Mississippi, Jackson: J. Pritchard Morris Books, 2001.

Mitchell, Dennis J. Mississippi Liberal A Biography of Frank E. Smith, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Mitchell, H.L. Mean Things Happening in This Land: The Life and Times of H.L. Mitchell, Cofounder of the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, Montclair, New Jersey: Alanheld, Osmun, 1979.

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi, Laurel Leaf: New York, reissue 1997.

Move, J. Todd. Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunfower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Nossiter, Adam. Of Long Memory, New York: Da Cappo Press, 1994.

Oshinsky, David M. Worse. Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.

Patterson, James T. Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the Civil War, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953.

Rabinowitz, ed., Howard N. Southern Black Leaders of the Reconstrucion Era, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Ransby, Barbara. Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2003.

Raphael, Ray. A People’s History ofhe American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence.

Ravage, John W. Black Pioneers - Images ofhe Black Experience on the North American Frontier, Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 1997.

Reynolds, David S., John Brown Abolitionist, New York: Alfred Knopf, 2005.

Sydnor, Charles Sackett. Slavery in Mississippi, Gloucester, MA.: Peter Smith Publishing, 1933.

Scaturro, Frank J. President Grant Reconsidered, New York: Madison Books, 1999.

Shapiro, Herber. White Violence and Black Response: From Reconstruction to Montgomery. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988.

Silver, James W. Mississippi: The Closed Society, New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1964.

Silver, James W. Running Scared: Silver in Mississippi, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1984.

Stampp, Kenneth. The Peculiar Institution, New York: Vintage Books, 1956.

Till-Mobley, and Benson, Christopher. Death of Innocence, New York: Random House Publishing Group, 2003.

Tucker, William H. The Funding of Scientific Racism, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Tyson, Timothy B. Radio Free Dixie, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Volers, Maryanne. Ghosts of Mississippi, New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1995.

Waldron, Ann. Hodding Carter: The Reconstruction of a Racist, Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1993.

Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, New York: Penguin, 1988.

Willis, John C. Forgotten Time: The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta after the Civil War, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000.

Woodruff, Nan. American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Woods, Clyde. Development Arrested, London: Verso, 1998.

Wright, Simeon. Simeon's Story, Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2010.

Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present, New York: Harper Perennial, updated 1995.

Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present [New Ed.], New York: Harper Collins,2003.

Zinn, Howard. Voices of a People’s History ofhe United States, New York: Seven Stories Press, 2004.


Grim,Valerie. “Black farm families in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta: A study of the Brooks Farm Community, 1920-1970,” Dissertation submitted to the graduate faculty, Iowa State University, Ames, 1990.

Walters, Vernon L. Migration into Mississippi, 1798-1837, M.A. Thesis, Mississippi State College, 1969.

Williams, Jr., James Levin. “Civil War and Reconstruction in the Yazoo Mississippi Delta, 1863-1875 (Mississippi),” Dissertation, 1992, The University of Arizona; Advisor: John V. Mering, Source: DAI, 53, no. 11A, 1992.


“A Study of the Tenant Systems of Farming in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta,” Bulletin 337, Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, 1916.

Adams, Jane D. Gorton. “Southern Trauma; Revisiting Caste and Class in the Mississippi Delta,” American Anthropologist, Vol. 106, Issue 2, 334-345.

Alston, Edith. “Review: Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in The Cold War South,” The Anniston Star, December 1, 2002.

Associated Press. “Civil Rights Attorney Found Dead,” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 14, 1997.

Associated Press. “Secret Investigation Unit Disbanded in Mississippi,” Washington Star, March 1, 1949.

Begos, Kevin. “Against Their Will,” five-part series in Journal Now (online) of the Winston Salem Journal, September 15, 2003.

Blackmon, Douglas A. “New York Millionaire Secretly Sent Cash to Mississippi Via His Morgan Account: Wall Street Gang' Pitches In,” The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 1999.

Blackwell, Unita with JoAnne Prichard Morris. “Summer of '64: A Mississippi Freedom Fighter Remembers the Struggle,” The Jackson Free Press, July 2004.

Bond, Julian. “Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer,” Delta Democrat-Times, March 16, 1977.

Chaddister, Diane. “Interview with Steven Schwerner,” Yellow Springs News, January 13, 2005.

Cunnigen, Donald. "Bringing the Revolution Down Home: The Republic of New Africa in Mississippi, Sociological Specrum, 19: 63-92, 73-5, 1999.

Daniel, F. Raymon. “AAA Piles Misery on Sharecroppers,” New York Times, April 15, 1935, TCF, 48:0958.

Drabble, Ph.D., John. “From Vigilante Violence to Revolutionary Terror: FBI Operations against the Ku Klux Klan, 1964-1971,” paper, 2003.

Eagles, Charles W. “The Closing of Mississippi Society,” Journal of Southern History, May 1, 2001.

Emily Wagster Pettus. “Conservative group to meet with state lawmakers,” Associated Press, January 23, 2005.

Emmerich, Wyatt. “Embrace the Uniquenes of the Delta,” Delta Magazine, September 2003.

Franklin, Ben A. “Mississippi Funds Fight Rights Bill State Gives $20,000 in Tax Money to Capitol Lobby,” The New York Times, November 3, 1963.

Gado, Mark. “Mississippi Madness: The Story of Emmett Till,” Court TV Crime Library (online).

Grayson, Crystal. “Abstract: Changing Behaviors/Changing Health Risks: Agricultural Pesticide Education in the Mississippi Delta,” Department of Anthropology, The University of Mississippi, (online) May 2002.

Greenberg, Benjamin T. “Don't Thank COINTELPRO. Thank Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner,” Hungry Blues blog, June 23, 2004.

Halberstam, David. “Negroes Meet Nightly Despite Tension in the Delta,” New York Times, June 29, 1964.

Halberstam,David. "Tallahatchie County Acquits a Peckerwood," 1956, online.

Henry, Aaron E. “Mississippi Delegation,” Letter to the editor, New York Review of Books, XI, August 22, 1968.

Homes, William F. “The Leflore County Massacre and the Demise of the Colored Farmers’ Aliance,” Phylon, September 1973.

Jacoby, Jeff. “An execution, not a lynching,” Jewish World Review, May 15, 2001.

James, Susie. “The Carrollton Massacre,” The Commonwealh, March 12, 1996.

Kay Mills. “Interview with Unita Blackwell MacArthur Genius Award Caps Creative Political Life,” Los Angeles Times, August 2, 1992.

Klibanoff, Hank. “L. Ale Wilson: A Reporter Who Refused to Run,” Media Studies Journal, Vol. 14, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2000

Lockett, James D. “The Lynching Massacre of Black and White Soldiers at Fort Pillow, Tennese April 12, 1864,” The Western Journal of Black Studies, Volume: 22, Issue: 2, 1998.

Maute, Nikki Davis. “Civil Rights Stories Find Home,” Hattiesburg American, Feb. 24, 2005.

Miller, Kelly. “Is Race Prejudice Innate or Acquired?” Journal of Applied Sociology, 1 (July-August, 1927), 520-524.

Minor, Bill. “At least 20 state lawmakers stil 'cozying up' to CCC hate group,” Special to The Clarion-Ledger, November 14, 2004.

Mitchell, Jerry. “Killen Avoided Conviction in ’67 Case,” The Clarion-Ledger, January 12, 2006.

Mitchell, Jerry. “The Last Days of Ben Chester White,” The Clarion-Ledger, February 23, 2003.

Moorehead, Monica. “The Port Chicago Mutiny,” Workers World, February 23, 1995.

“Negroes Pledge Their Loyalty,” Cleveland Enterprise, April 10, 1919.

O’Connell, Geoffrey F.X. “The Mystery of the 364th,” Gambit Weekly, April 3, 2001.

Optowsky, Stan. “White Citizen’s Council Menace To South, North,” (reprinted in The Pittsburgh Courier), N.Y. Post Corp., 1957.

Paul, Peraite C. “USDA Undermines Historical Civil Rights Settlement with Black Farmers,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 10, 2004.

Polsgrove, Dr. Carol. “Southern Exposures,” The American Prospec, Vol. 12, Issue, April 23, 2000.

Roberts,Gene. "Violence and Rights in South," New York Times, 9 January 1966.

“Roosevelt is Roasted for Negrophile Policy,” Atlanta Constitution, January 9, 1903
Saul, Stephanie.

“FBI Files Detail 5 Slayings,” Newsday, May 9, 2000.

Smith, John Burl. “A Lot to Change,” The Dish, Volume 5, Issue 50, December 20, 2002.

Smith,Valerie. “Emmett Till’s Ring,” WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly - Volume 36, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2008, pp. 151-161.

Stringfelow, Eric. “McDowell may have been killed by teen client,” The Clarion-Ledger, March 15, 1997, 3-B.

“The Fort Pilow Massacre,” The New York Herald Tribune, May 2, 1864.

“The Short History of Mississippi’s State Penal Systems,” Mississippi Law Journal (April 1938), 267-269.

“The Threatened Negro Insurrections – Riot at Winona – The Military Called Out – Thirteen Negroes Reported Killed,” The New York Herald, Nov. 29, 1869.

Turner, Rene D. “Reopening of case revives interest in Medgar Evers assassination; Mississippi decision sparks questions about mysteries surrounding death of civil rights hero,” Ebony, May 1, 1991.

United Press International. “Meredith Hits Removal Of UM Troops,” The Clarion-Ledger, June 13, 1963.

United Press International. “Thre Charged in Slaying of Girl, 18,” Evening Sentinel of Holland, Mich., May 27, 1971.

Williams, Kam. “An Interview with the Publisher of ‘The Slaughter,” Black World Today, December 23, 2000.

Yardley, Johnatha. “In the Fields of Despair,” Washington Post, March 31, 1996.

Collections, Interviews, Oral Histories

“Bolton Centennial brochure.” The Jan Hiligas COFO collection, Jackson, Mississippi.

Fannie Lou Hamer, “To Raise Our Bridges,” an autobiography. Published by SNCC. Pages were not numbered and the date was not given in the copy available at Tougaloo College archives.

FBI 2006 Emmett Till report and a transcript of the September 1955 trial, online at http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/till.htm.

“Henry Waring Bal, (1858-1934) Diary, 1884-1928.” Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History, Special Collections Section, Manuscript Collection.

Interview with Charles Felder Sudduth Jr., 2004. Conducted at Parchman, Miss.

Interview with Margaret Block, 2005. Conducted in Cleveland, Miss.

Interview with Marvin Flemmons, 2004 and 2005. Conducted in Drew, Miss.

“Interview with Mary Fisher Robinson.” Historical Research Project of Coahoma County, Mrs. Donna E. Dance, canvasser for WPA, assignment no. 14, Clarksdale Public Library.

Interview with Woodrow Wilson Jackson, 2003. Conducted in Tutwiler, Miss.

Interviews (2) with Robert Patterson, July 2004.Conducted in Itta Bena, Miss.

Interviews (multiple) with Robert Keglar, 2003, 2004. Conducted in Charleston, Miss.

“Julie Dixon to Harry St. John Dixon, January 29, [1870].” Harry St. John Dixon Papers, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Kirsty Powell, “A Report, Mainly on Rulevile Freedom School, Summer Project, 1964,” Mississippi Freedom School Curriculum. The document is from: SNCC, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commite Papers, 1959-1972 (Sanford, NC: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1982) Reel 68, File 367, Page 0582. The original papers are at the King Library and Archives, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, GA.

Letter dated May 21, 1954, by Walter Sillers to Hon. Eugene Cook. From the Walter Sillers, Jr. papers at the Charles Capps, Jr. archives at Delta State University.

Letter from George F. Maynard to Mrs. Mary Fisher Robinson.” Friars Point, Mississippi, September 7, 1929, The Mississippi Room of the Clarksdale Public (Carnegie) Library.

Letter from Judge Luther Manship to J. Edgar Hoover, dated April 27, 1945. Acquired under the Freedom of Information Act.

Letter to Aaron Henry and Rev. Emmet Burns, dated March 20, 1972, from Melvyn R. Leventhal. Part of the Aaron Henry collection.

McDowell, Jennifer. “Black Politics: A study and an Annotated Bibliography of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party,” 1971.

Office memo to FBI director from SAC, New Orleans, dated December 11, 1947, regarding “Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.” Acquired under the Freedom of Information Act.

“Old Citizen.” Circa 1939 for the Coahoma County Historical Research Project, No. 2984, Assignment#14. Clarksdale Public Library.

Oral history interview (tape) with Cleve McDowell by Owen Brooks. Tougaloo Archives, August 11, 1995.

Oral history of Dr. L. C. Dorsey. Tougaloo College, Delta Collection.

Oral history with Aaron Henry for the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, September 12 1970, interviewed by T.H. Baker.

Oral history with Amzie Moore, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries and USM's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. March 29 and April 13, 1977. The interviewer was Mike Garvey.

Oral history with Charles Cobb, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries and The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, October 21, 1996. Interviewer, John Rachal.

Oral history with Erle Johnston, a cooperative project of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries and USM’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Interview conducted by Yasuhiro Katagiri at Johnston’s home in Forest, Miss., on August 13, 1993.

Oral history with Lawrence Guyot, September 7, 1996, interviewed by John Rachel, a cooperative project of USM Libraries and USM's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.

Robinson, Mary Fisher. “Outlaw Days,” Historical Research Project of Coahoma County, Assignment #14, July 27, 1936. Clarksdale Public Library.

“Satterfield’s (John) Final Report to CCFAF,” 65-pages, 15 June 1964, Sovereignty Commission, ID 6-70-0-1-6-1-1. Sovereignty Commission documents. Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“The Box Project.” Report, the Aaron Henry Collection at Tougaloo College.

The Jerry Dallas Delta Cooperative Farm Collection, Delta State University. Manuscript No.: M209, Inclusive Dates: 1936-1987, Bulk Dates: 1936–1987 Biographical/Historical Sketch.

“Wilbur T. Gibson interview.” The U. S. Work Progress Administration, Friars Point file, Clarksdale Public Library.

William Ruthrauf Amberson Papers. Abstract. Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Southern Historical Collection, #3862.