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Civil Rights in America: A Resource Guide

The civil rights movement was a coordinated crusade led by African Americans to fight for racial justice. This guide provides access to Library of Congress digitized primary sources, links to related websites, and a print bibliography.


The civil rights movement occurred in the 1950s and ended in the 1960s with the purpose of ending racial discrimination against African Americans in the United States. The Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 was a pivotal protest that inspired several demonstrations. Thousands of individuals in the South participated in demonstrations and protests to put an end to racial segregation. This guide provides access to selected Library of Congress digital and print resources as well as links to external websites on civil rights.