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Special Collections: African American Studies Research Guide

Civil Rights

The legacy of racial discrimination in America did not end with the Civil War but is an ongoing issue. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s reflects an important period of resistance, activism, and legislation related to the ongoing struggle to end race-based discrimination and to gain equal rights under the law of the United States.

Special Collections holds many 19th-century titles related to civil rights in the Lincoln Collection. Twentieth-century sources include books related to Delaware's role in the Supreme Court-ordered desegregation of schools, civil rights leaders in the state, and issues of civil unrest in the late 1960s.

Selected sources are listed here and additional resources may be found by subject searching in DELCAT.