1. Civil Rights and the Cold War

Primary Source 
Court Ruling: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Decision » Read

Secondary Source 
Article:  Mary Dzudziak, “Brown as a Cold War Case,” Journal of American History » Read

2. Segregation at the University of Oklahoma

Primary Source 
A) Article: “Negro to Apply Again for Entry as OU Student,” The Daily Oklahoman » Read
B) Article: “Class Railings to Segregate Negroes at OU,” The Daily Oklahoman » Read

Secondary Source 
Article: John T. Hubbell, “The Desegregation of the University of Oklahoma,” The Journal of Negro History » Read

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Primary Source 
Letter: Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. » Read (requires password)

Secondary Source 
Article: Joseph Kip Kosek, “Richard Gregg, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Strategy of Nonviolence,” The Journal of American History » Read

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Memory

Primary Source 
A) Video: Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” » Read
B) Speech: Full Text of King’s Speech » Read

Secondary Source 
Book Chapter: David Chappell, “Legalizing the Legacy,” Waking from the Dream (Chapter 4)   » Read (requires password)

5. Mass Incarceration in Modern America

Primary Source 
Legislation: California’s “Three Strikes” Law (March 1994) and Prop. 184 (November 1994).
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Secondary Source 
Article: Heather Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History,” The Journal of American History » Read
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Book excerpt: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (excerpt from introduction) » Read

 

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