In recognition of Black History Month, we’ve brought together materials from our collection about legislation and court cases that have had a profound impact on African Americans in the United States and especially in Massachusetts. These include accounts of cases that either slowed or advanced the expansion of civil rights, as well as biographies of significant lawyers and judges who worked to fulfill the promises of the Constitution.
Titles in Our Collection Include:
The segregation case and the Supreme Court / by John L. Fletcher, Jr.
The Constitution in conflict / Robert A. Burt.
Simple justice : the history of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality / by Richard Kluger.
Common ground : a turbulent decade in the lives of three American families / J. Anthony Lukas.
It is so ordered : the Supreme Court rules on school segregation / by Daniel M. Berman.
Thurgood Marshall : his speeches, writings, arguments, opinions, and reminiscences / edited by Mark V. Tushnet foreword by Randall Kennedy.
Brown v. Board of Education : a civil rights milestone and its troubled legacy / James T. Patterson.
Clarence Thomas : a biography / Andrew Peyton Thomas.
Sarah's long walk : the free Blacks of Boston and how their struggle for equality changed America / Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick.
Black trials : citizenship from the beginnings of slavery to the end of caste / Mark S. Weiner.
Bridging the divide : my life / Edward W. Brooke.
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007 / prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration of the U.S. House of Representatives, by the Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
Bad blood : the Tuskegee syphilis experiment / James H. Jones.
King of the cats : the life and times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. / Wil Haygood.
Black Bostonians : family life and community struggle in the Antebellum North / James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton.
Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North / Thomas J. Sugrue.
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot.
The hanging of Thomas Jeremiah : a free Black man's encounter with liberty / J. William Harris.
The presumption of guilt : the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and race, class, and crime in America / Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution / Simon Schama.
Parting the waters : America in the King years, 1954-63 / Taylor Branch.