1. Civil Rights and the Cold War

Primary Source 
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) » Read
Secondary Source 
Dudziak, Mary L. “Brown as a Cold War Case.” The Journal of American History 91, no. 1 (June 1, 2004): 32–42 » Read

2. Segregation at the University of Oklahoma

Primary Source 
“Negro to Apply Again for Entry as OU Student.” Daily Oklahoman, January 19, 1948. » Read

“Class Railings to Segregate Negroes at OU.” Daily Oklahoman, June 17, 1949. » Read

Secondary Source 
Hubbell, John T. “The Desegregation of the University of Oklahoma, 1946-1950.” The Journal of Negro History 57, no. 4 (October 1, 1972): 370–84 » Read

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

Primary Source 
King, Jr., Martin Luther. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” April 16, 1963. » Read (requires 4×4 login)
Secondary Source 
Kosek, Joseph Kip. “Richard Gregg, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Strategy of Nonviolence.” The Journal of American History 91, no. 4 (March 1, 2005): 1318–48. » Read

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

Primary Source 
King, Jr., Martin Luther. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” April 3, 1968. YouTube.  » Watch

King, Jr., Martin Luther. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” [Text of Speech.] Our Union. History. AFSCME and Dr. King. » Read
Secondary Source 
Chappell, David L. “Legalizing the Legacy: The Battle for a Martin Luther King Holiday.” In Waking From the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr, 91–123. New York: Random House, 2014. » Read (requires 4×4 login)

5. Mass Incarceration in Modern America

Primary Source 
California’s “Three Strikes” Law (March 1994) and Prop. 184 (November 1994). » Read (requires 4×4 login)
Secondary Source 
Thompson, Heather Ann. “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History.” The Journal of American History 97, no. 3 (December 1, 2010): 703–34 » Read
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Alexander, Michelle. “Excerpt from the Introduction | Newjimcrow.com.” In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. NY: New Press, 2010.  » Read