Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

Section 7

The Civil Rights Era and Beyond

This section, introduced by a contextual essay by Thomas Sugrue, provides a glimpse of the ways diverse groups of American citizens resisted cultural, political, and economic marginalization to assert their rights, fight for fuller inclusion in American society, and achieve the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by their fellow citizens. Documents from 1962 to 1978 reflect the civil rights battles of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and provide insight into the works of anti-segregation and anti–Jim Crow crusaders, women's rights activists, and nascent gay rights and disability rights movements.