Period: 1961

People’s Movement: 1961 – 1974
The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated the United States (Article) | Zinn Education Project

The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated the United States

By Richard Rothstein
Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the United States and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems — it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates economic inequality, and produces large academic gaps between white and African American schoolchildren. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto — the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights.
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Film. Center for Investigative Reporting and Two Tone Productions. 2007. 84 minutes. Filmmaker Marco Williams examined four examples of primarily white communities violently rising up to force their African-American neighbors to flee town.
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The Fog Machine

Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Follett. 2014. 389 pages. A young adult novel of historical fiction based on Freedom Summer.
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As Fast As Words Could Fly

Book – Non-fiction. By Pamela M Tuck. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 2013. 32 pages. Based on her father’s experience in 1960s North Carolina, Pamela Tuck tells how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.
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Now Can We Talk? 40 Years Later

Film. By Lee Anne Bell and Markie Hancock. 2013. This DVD and discussion guide offer a powerful way to engage students, teachers, and community groups in honest dialogue about the ongoing problems of racism and what we can do to address them.
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Book – Fiction. By Deborah Wiles 2014. 544 pages. Historical fiction for young adults set in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer.
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The Return of Gabriel

Book – Fiction. By John Armistead. 2002. 218 pages. Confronted with decisions well beyond their years, three friends grapple with eternal issues of shifting loyalties and the nature of heroism
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