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A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States

This guide offers a history of various movements by citizens in the United States to gain political and social freedom and equality. It highlights resources available through the library and also offers a list of current civil rights organizations.

Research Guides


Below are several research guides that touch on the same topics as this one or related topics. In addition to the guides listed here, the law library also houses the National Equal Justice Library within its special collections. The NEJL is a collection that focuses on pro bono work done within the legal profession to provide counsel for those who could not otherwise afford assistance.


·       UCLA - Hate Crimes: State Statutes and Contacts

·       Harvard - Civil Rights Law Research

·       Washington & Lee - Civil Rights Law Research Guide

·       University of Chicago Law School - Civil Rights and Police Accountability

·       Rutgers - Civil Rights Revolution and the Law

·       University of Washington - Presidential Powers

·       Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse - University of Michigan Law School

·       University of Wisconsin – Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: A Reading List

·       American University College of Law – Resources for Supporting Protestors

·       Drake Law – Racial Justice in the U.S.

·       Penn State – Race and Diversity in America

·       California Western – Anti-Racism Resources

·       Penn Law – Anti-Racism Resources

·       Stanford – Anti-Racism Reading List

·       MTSU First Amendment Encyclopedia



Free Resources from Publishers

Thomson Reuters has introduced the new Civil Rights Legal Materials and News webpage, which is now available at