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History Vault

The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Records

The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Records (Module 1)

The focus of the Federal Government Records module is on the political side of the freedom movement, the role of civil rights organizations in pushing for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government in the 20th century. 
Major collections in this module include the FBI Files on Martin Luther King Jr.; Centers of the Southern Struggle, an exceptional collection of FBI Files covering five of the most pivotal arenas of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s: Montgomery, Albany, St. Augustine, Selma, and Memphis; and records from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, detailing the interaction between civil rights leaders and organizations and the highest levels of the federal government.


Oral Histories

Civil Rights during the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969, Part III:  Oral Histories


A short list of individuals (many, many more are mentioned in the product) to get users started.

Black Workers in the Era of the Great Migration: 1919-1929

Brown v. Bd of Education, 1954-9

August 1963 March on Washington

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike

1969-74 University of California