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  1. African-American Self-Defense
    Guns and the Freedom Struggle

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A Review of "This Noviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Cvil Rights Movement Possible" by Carles E. Cobb. Jr.
  2. African-American Self-Defense
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A review of Charles E. Cobb Jr.'s book, "This Non-violent Stuff'll Get You Killed" on the role of guns in the US civil rights movement of the 1960s.
  3. American Revolutionary
    The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    A documentary about the ideas and activism of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, covering her lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy -- her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her -- drives the story forward.
  4. Challenging the Mississippi Fire Bombers
    Memories of Mississippi 1964-65

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    With a firsthand account of the details and thoughtful descriptions of key people on the front lines, author Jim Dann brings the historic period, the June 1964 civil rights struggle to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi, back to life. He places those 15 months in Mississippi in the overall history of the struggle of African Americans for freedom, equality, and democratic rights in the South, the country, and throughout the world.
  5. The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement
    For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution!

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The mass mobilization of black people in the Southern civil rights movement, and the subsequent Northern ghetto rebellions, disrupted and challenged the racist American bourgeois order. It shattered the anti-Communist consensus and it paved the road for the mass protest movements that followed—against the U.S. dirty war in Vietnam, for the rights of women, gays, students and others.
  6. Collective Courage
    A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.
  7. Communist Organizing in the Jim Crow South
    What's Not in The Great Debaters

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    The Great Debaters is a well-made movie. But in its paeans to dedication and debate, it downplays the real social struggle that was going on in the U.S. in the 1930s, including by black people in the South.
  8. Defeat of Reconstruction and the Betrayal of Black Freedom Part Two
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    During Reconstruction, black people fought to assert their American-ness. Throughout the South, it was blacks and their allies who would march, parade and celebrate the Fourth of July, but not out of gross and vulgar American patriotism. Rather, it was part of a struggle to uphold the ideals of freedom and liberty that came with the Civil War and the promise of equality that came with Reconstruction.
  9. The Dialectics of Community Control
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1970
    The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
  10. Failure To Quit
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Zinn argues that pessimism over the so-called 'me generation' apparent apathy was unfounded, and that activist ideals do consistently carry over across generations.
  11. For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! Part Two
    How the Liberals and Reformists Derailed the Struggle for Integration

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2004
    There is a lot of talk today about multiculturalism, diversity, whiteness and "racialized subjects" and other liberal jargon that essentially attempts to erase the centrality of anti-black racism and black oppression in racist capitalist America.
  12. For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! Part One
    Contradictions of the Civil Rights Movement: A Marxist Analysis

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    We describe the black population in the U.S. as an oppressed race-color caste. From their arrival in this country, the Negro people have been an integral part of American class society while at the same time forcibly segregated at the bottom of this society. Thus blacks face discrimination, in different degrees, regardless of social status, wealth or class position. Blacks are today still an integral and strategic part of the working class, despite unemployment and mass incarceration.
  13. Freedom indivisible: Gays and Lesbians in the African American Civil Rights movement
    PhD Thesis, University of Nebraska, 2013

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
  14. Freedom is a Constant Struggle
    The Civil Rights Movement in the Rural South Reconsidered

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Is it possible to both win substantial benefits for people who are on the lower rungs of the socio-economic status ladder while at the same time building forms of democratic people power that can continue to challenge the present political oligarchy and the economic plutocracy whose interests it generally serves?
  15. Freedom Now Vision Unfinished
    Book Review of LeBlanc and Yates's "A Freedom Budget for All Americans"

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Miah critiques LeBlanc and Yates' analysis of the Civil Rights Revolution, in light of the fact that the Freedom Budget issued during this time remains unfulfilled.
  16. Freedom Schools: The Curriculum
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Oppenheimer analyzes the curriculum taught in the 1964 Freedom Schools, which were designed to help Black students understand oppressive American social structures in and to think about them critically.
  17. Freedom Summer, 1964: An Overview
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, better known as "Freedom Summer," brought in volunteers to help with attempts to register Black voters who had long been prevented by chicanery and terror from doing so. At the same time, in view of the miserable conditions in the state's segregated public schools, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) planned to create "freedom schools" in which volunteers (mostly the whites from the North) would, that summer, teach Black young people in subjects ranging from basic education to Black history and leadership skills.
  18. Freedom Summer, 1964: An Overview
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Oppenheimer provides a historical overview of the events leading up to and surrounding the 1964 Freedom Summer, when organizers worked to register Black voters in segregationist Deep South in the United States.
  19. Freedom Summer Remembered
    Interview with Walter Kaufman

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Walter Kaufman is a retired attorney, psychotherapist and former community college teacher living in Berkeley, California. He was a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer, working in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Against the Current editor David Finkel interviewed him for the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer project.
  20. Freedom Summer Remembered
    Interview with Walter Kaufmann

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Finkel interviews retired community college teacher Walter Kaufmann about his experiences in the Freedom Summer project and teaching in the Freedom Schools.
  21. The Hidden History of the SNCC Research Department
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    SNCC may have been the most important organization of the postwar civil rights movement. It grew out of the wave of sit-ins in 1960 and was guided initially by Ella Baker, the foundational organizer whose emphasis on bottom-up organizing and democracy deeply shaped SNCC’s vision and methods.
  22. If only we could revive the fruitful tension between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X
    Reflections on Dr King’s death have overlooked how his liberal universalism and Malcolm X’s separatism gave each other strength

    Resource Type: Unclassified
    Published: 2018
    Kenan argues that conflict averse approach to activism blunts the edge of contemporary social movements for change.
  23. The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Coversation with Frances Fox Piven, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City of University of New York Graduate Centre and the past president of the American Sociological Association, about the importnace of social movements and upcoming 2016 US election.
  24. The Influence of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement in Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    Published in Race, Gender and Class, 2.3 (Spring 1995)
  25. Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement (Part One)
    Police Terror and Black Oppression

    Resource Type: Unclassified
    Published: 2015
    Police reform is a hoax and a hustle. Federal investigations go nowhere and the Democrats are simply the soft cops of the capitalist system. There is no road to black liberation and the liberation of all working people short of workers revolution.
  26. Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement (Part Two)
    Police Terror and Black Oppression

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Formal, legal inequality in the South was susceptible to reform. But getting rid of the economic and social reality that is black oppression in America -- from de facto segregation and poverty to police brutality -- is not subject to reform because it is integral to the capitalist system.
  27. A Marxist History of the World part 99: 1968 - the long sleep ends
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world.
  28. Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1955
    A successful year-long protest against the segregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama.
  29. The New Student Left
    An Anthology

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1967
    A collection of essays by active participants in the 1960s student movement on American college campuses.
  30. Organizing that Changed Mississippi
    Book Review of Salter Jr.'s "Jackson Mississippi" and Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi"

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    A review of two books about the Mississippi's civil rights movement in 1965 from the perspectives of an African-American female student and a Native American male professor.
  31. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 8, 2015
    Elections

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    Elections are the topic of the week, with items related to the October 19 Canadian federal election, and also to broader issues of parliamentary democracy, voting and whether voting can bring about change, and the neo-liberal attack on democracy. Articles look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the financial takeovers of Ukraine and Greece, and debt bondage. Also: a discussion of James Hansen's fossil fuel exit strategy, and a critique of Alinsky-style organizing.
  32. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 20, 2016
    Connexions Enters Its Fifth Decade

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    This issue of Connexions Other Voices falls on the 40th anniversary of the publication of the very first Connexions newsletter, which was published in February 1976. That first issue carried the title "Canadian Information Sharing Service", which was also the name of the collective which compiled it, from submissions from across Canada. Within a couple of years, the name of the publication became "Connexions" and then, a little later, "The Connexions Digest".
    In addition to our own history, in this issue we spotlight black history as our topic of the week. We look at the Haitian revolution, when slaves confronted the French empire and won; black resistance against the Ku Klux Klan in the American South, and the meaning and limits of anti-racism. We also look at the Kurdish liberation movement in Rojava, the dangers posed by geoengineering, and we mark the publication of the Communist Manifesto on February 21, 1848.
  33. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 17, 2018
    Hearts and Minds: How do People Change?

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2018
    How can we reach the millions we need to reach and engage if fundamental change is to happen? How can we accomplish the essential task of persuading a majority of the population that a fundamental social and economic transformation is necessary? Even more importantly, what will it take for people to come together and act collectively to bring about that transformation? What can we do to help make this happen?
  34. Our Generation
    Volume 2 Number 4

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1963
  35. Our Generation
    Volume 7 Number 2

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1970
  36. Passionate Declarations
    Essays on War and Justice

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2003
    Essays looking at American political ideology.
  37. The Power of the People
    Active Nonviolence in the United States

    Resource Type: Book
    A pictorial encyclopedia of the struggles of the U.S. women and men working for peace and justice through nonviolent action. Sections are included on the roots of American nonviolence, the women's rights movement, struggles against slavery, the labour movements, conscientious objection, nuclear pacifism, the Civil Rights movement, ecological struggles, peace encampments, and more.
  38. Remembering Mississippi, 1964-65
    Interview with Claudia Morcom

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Dianne Feeley and David Finkel from the ATC editorial board spoke with Judge Morcom about her work in Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964 and subsequently from September 1964 through October 1965, as Southern Regional Director for the National Lawyers Guild’s program of legal assistance for civil rights workers.
  39. Remembering Mississippi, 1964-65
    Interview with Claudia Morcom

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Feeley and Finkel interview Morcom about her work in Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964 and subsequently from September 1964 through October 1965, as Southern Regional Director for the National Lawyers Guild's program of legal assistance for civil rights workers.
  40. Revolution of Conscience
    Martin Luther King Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1998
    Moses explores key ideas about Martin Luther King Jr. and his philosophy in relation to the American civil rights movement, racial equality and nonviolence.
  41. Selma (film)
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    A 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC.
  42. Steady Hands for Freedom
    Book Review

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Book Review of "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC" by Faith S. Holsaert, et. al
  43. This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed
    How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    Charles Cobb, a veteran civil rights activist who served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the American South, unfolds a powerful narrative about Southern grass-roots black individuals and groups who played essential roles in African-American resistance. He reveals how they acted to protect black people and their allies throughout the ages with the careful use of violent self-defense methods.
  44. The todayness of Selma, USA, 1965
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The arrest of over 3,500 Negroes in Selma, Ala., in three weeks just because they tried to vote, the sight of a Negro woman pinned to the ground by three fat deputies of Sheriff James Clark while Clark beat her face in with his billy club, the sight of a long line of Negro high school and grade school boys and girls who demonstrated in support of their parents' right to register and then were forced to run three miles with police billy clubs and electric cattle prods jabbed into their backs and ribs -- these things expose the great lie of President Johnson’s Great Society for all the world to see.
  45. We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The black freedom movement is framed in popular memory as distinguished by nonviolent civil disobedience. Yet in multiple southern towns, black people used armed self-defense to protect their communities and lives.
  46. Ida B. Wells
    A Black Woman's Fight Against Lynch Terror

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Born a slave in 1862 in the middle of the Civil War, Ida B. Wells was in the forefront of the fight for black rights in the post-Reconstruction era -- a time of widespread lynch-rope terror when black people, although not returned to slavery, were being solidified as a race-colour caste at the bottom of American society. She refused to accommodate racist reaction in any way and so was anathema to those like Booker T. Washington and his apologists who repudiated militant struggle against the racist status quo.
  47. You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
    A personal history of our times

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2002
    Zinn tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.

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