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Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature

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“Caught in an Inescapable Network of Mutuality”: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Orientation in American Civil Rights Literature

Free Speech and Racial Rhetoric: African-American Writers on Race in the United States

Inadequate Conception of Human Complexity: Ellison Revises Elkins

“Be Loyal to Yourselves”: Jim Crow Segregation, Black Cultural Nationalism, and US Cultural Memory in Ossie Davis’ Purlie Victorious

Haunting America: Racial Identity and Otherness in Civic Society

Unpacking Notions of Citizenship through James Baldwin’s Another Country

“On Revolution and Equilibrium”: Barbara Deming’s Secular Nonviolence

“[B]ut yesterday morning came the worst news”: Margaret Walker Alexander’s Prophets for a New Day

The Mothers’ Tragedy: Loss of a Child in the Works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Dudley Randall, and Michael Harper

Alice Walker and Claudia Rankine: Reclaiming the Ocularity of the Self

“Crooning [the] Lullabies [of] Ghosts”: Reclamation and Voices of Witness as Sociopolitical Protest in the Short Fiction of Alice Walker

The City and The Country: Queer Utopian Spaces in John Rechy’s City of Night and Patricia Highsmith’s Price of Salt

“B(l)ack up on the Shelf: The Erasure of Black Queerness in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Why We Can’t Wait

Writing Civil Rights after James Byrd, after Matthew Shepard

“The Process of Becoming Nobody”: Reflections on E. Franklin Frazier’s Black Bourgeoisie: The Rise of a New Middle Class

Toward a More Inclusive America: Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 Democratic National Convention Addresses

Agency, Activism, and the Black Domestic Worker in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Delores Phillips’ The Darkest Child

Staging MLK in the Age of Colorblindness: The Good Negro and The Mountaintop

What Happens When Death Becomes a Poem?: Understanding the Place of Mourning in Civil Rights Literature

Social Media Meets Social Justice: The Role of the Hashtag in the Contemporary Conversation on Race

Chronology of Civil Rights with an Emphasis on Race

Chronology of Civil Rights with an Emphasis on Gender

Chronology of Civil Rights with an Emphasis on Sexual Orientation

Selected Works of Civil Rights Literature


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