Selected Bibliography

Civil Rights Sources


Adams, Maurianne, and John H. Bracey. Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Arsenault, Raymond. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Baker, Elaine DeLott. "They Sent Us This White Girl," Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

Bauman, Mark, and Berkeley Kallen, eds. The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1990s. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.

Belfrage, Sally. Freedom Summer. New York: The Viking Press, 1965.

Berman, Paul, ed. Blacks and Jews: Alliances and Arguments. New York: Delta, 1994.

Biale, David, Michael Galchinsky and Susannah Heschel, eds. Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Blumberg, Rhoda Lois. Civil Rights: The 1960s Freedom Struggle. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.

Brodkin, Karen. How Jews Became White Folks and What that Says about Race in America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

Cagin, Seth, and Phillip Dray, We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney and the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi. New York: Macmillan, 1988.

Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Carson, Clayborne. The Student Voice: 1960-1965. Periodical of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Stanford, CA: Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, 1990.

Cowan, Paul. An Orphan in History: One Man's Triumphant Search for His Jewish Roots. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002.

Diner, Hasia. In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935. Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, 1977.

Dollinger, Marc. Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Evans, Eli N. The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.

Evans, Eli N. The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South. New York: Atheneum, 1973.

Forman, Seth. Blacks in the Jewish Mind: A Crisis of Liberalism. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Goldstein, Eric L. The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Golden, Harry. Only in America. New York: World Publishing Company, 1958.

Greenberg, Cheryl Lynn. Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Greene, Melissa Fay. The Temple Bombing. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1996.

Hampton, Henry, and Steven Fayer, Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s. New York: Bantam, 1990.

Holsaert, Faith S., Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, et al, eds. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Jacobson, Matthew. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Kaufman, Jonathan. Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times between Blacks and Jews in America. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.

Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie. "To be a radical Jew in the late 20th century" in Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie and Irena Klepfisz, eds. The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie. "Stayed on Freedom: Jews in the Civil Rights Movement and After," in Marla Brettschneider, ed. The Narrow Bridge: Jewish Views on Multiculturalism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Martinez, Elizabeth, ed., Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer. Brookline: Zephyr Press, 2007.

Maslow, Will, and Richard Cohen, School Segregation, Northern Style. New York: Public Affairs Committee, American Jewish Congress, 1961.

McAdam, Doug. Freedom Summer. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Olson, Lynn. Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830-1970. New York: Scribner, 2001.

Phillips, Jr., William M. An Unillustrious Alliance: The African American and Jewish American Communities. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Rich, Adrienne. "Disloyal to Civilization: Feminism, Racism, and Gynephobia," in On Lies, Secrets, and Silences: Selected Prose, 1966-1978. New York: Norton, 1979.

Rogoff, Leonard. "Is the Jew White? The Racial Place of the Southern Jew," American Jewish History 85 (September 1997): 195-230.

Salzman, Jack, ed. Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1992.

Salzman, Jack, and Cornel West, eds. Struggles in the Promised Land: Toward a History of Black-Jewish Relations in the United States. New York: Oxford University, Press, 1997.

Schultz, Debra L. Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Webb, Clive. Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

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On-line resources

Civil Rights – In-depth Resources for Educators

Institute for Southern Jewish Life
Numerous resources on Southern Jewish Life, including detailed Encyclopedia entries about Jewish communities across the South (and their experiences with civil rights) and bibliography.

Facing History and Ourselves -- Educator Resources
A rich collection of resources and lesson plans relating to history and moral choices. Once you are on the Educator Resources page, click on "themes" in light blue menu on the right-hand side to search for resources specifically related to civil rights, "Upstanders," anti-Semitism, or another theme. The "Facing Today" feature highlights current events with connections to history.

Civil Rights Movement Veterans
Bibliography, timeline, biographies, speakers lists, photos, Movement FAQ, and other resources.

Library of Congress Civil Rights Resource Guide

Teacher's Domain Digital Media
Educator resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement.

Primary Source
Curriculum guides and bibliographies related to civil rights.

On 1 Foot - Jewish Texts for Social Justice (American Jewish World Services)

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Other Digital Collections, Archives, Libraries, Encyclopedias

Civil Rights Digital Library

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Digital Collections
Searchable archives with photographs and other artifacts. The Commission's objective was "to protect the sovereignty of the state of Mississippi, and her sister states" from perceived "encroachment" by the Federal Government on matters relating to segregation and race relations. Includes mug shots of Freedom Riders arrested, and many related materials.

American Jewish Archives

American Jewish History Society

Georgia Encyclopedia

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Civil Rights – Articles and Resources Relevant to Specific Topics

Little Rock Nine Foundation's Website

Accounts of Civil Rights-related Supreme Court Cases

Information on the Atlanta Temple Bombing

NPR March on Washington

Celebrate Black History Month - The Learning Network Blog -

Celebrating MLK Day - The Learning Network Blog -

The Making of African American Identity: Vol. III, 1917-1968, Primary Sources

Anti-Defamation League curriculum on Brown v. Board of Education - 50 Years Later (PDF)

Lesson Plan from 350th anniversary of Jews living in America
Lesson plan related to Cincinnati Museum Center Exhibition on Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. Specifically deals with March on Washington and Soviet Jewry Movement.

Looking Back Reaching Forward
More information on affirmative action and Jim Crow laws.

"A King Who Set Us Free From Our Own History" by Ben Kamin
An article on Martin Luther King's connections with Judaism.

Religious Action Center
The Website includes social action publications and resources.

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Music, Film, Multimedia

Smithsonian Folkways
Song clips and rich liner notes about the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Search to find other civil rights-themed Folkways collections as well.

Website for Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1985. American Experience. PBS, 1987.
Information about the series and purchasing the DVDs, but also a rich collection of videos, images, music, bios of key figures, descriptions of civil rights milestones, primary sources, teacher resources, and a list of additional reading and websites.

Website for The Freedom Riders
As of fall 2010, this site includes the trailer and poster for the American Experience documentary The Freedom Riders, which will air on TV in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.

Get on the Bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961
30 min special on NPR recapping the freedom ride

Website for Strange Fruit film
A PBS Independent Lens film on this famous song about lynching, which was notably sung by Billie Holiday and written by a Jewish activist. See "Learn more" and "Protest Music Overview."

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Labor Sources


Alexiou, Alice Sparberg. “Who Cleans Your House?” Lilith  Summer 2006): 10-14.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Kids on Strike. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Bender, Daniel E. Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004. 

Buhle, Paul, ed., Jews and American Popular Culture, Volume 1: Movies, Radio and Television. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007.

Cohen, Rose. Out of the Shadow: A Russian Jewish Girlhood on the Lower East Side. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Davidson, Gabriel. Our Jewish Farmers and the Story of the Jewish Agricultural Society. New York: L.B. Fischer, 1943.

Dubrovsky, Gertrude Wishnick. The Land Was Theirs: Jewish Farmers in the Garden State. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Enstad, Nan. Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Faderman, Lillian. My Mother's Wars. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.

Falk, Candace. Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman. Rev. ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1990.

Frank, Dana. “Housewives, Socialists, and the Politics of Food: The 1917 New York Cost-Of-Living Protests.” Feminist Studies 11, no. 2 (Summer 1985): 255–285. 

Fraser, Steven. Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor. New York: The Free Press, 1991.

Glenn, Susan A. Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Goldman, Emma. Living My Life. NY: Knopf, 1931.

Golin, Steve. The Fragile Bridge: Paterson Silk Strike. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1913.

Graff, Ellen. Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York City, 1928-1942. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.

Harris, Joanna Gewertz. “From Tenement to Theater: Jewish Women As Dance Pioneers: Helen Becker (Tamiris), Anna Sokolow, Sophie Maslow.” Judaism 45 (Summer 1996): 259– 276.

Herscher, Uri D., Jewish Agricultural Utopias in America, 1880-1910. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1981.

Hyman, Paula, “Immigrant Women and Consumer Protest:  The New York City Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902.” The American Jewish Experience.  Second Edition. New York:  Holmes & Meir, 1997, pp.153-164.

Jacobs, Rabbi Jill, Living Wage Teshuvah

Jacobs, Jill. There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law and Tradition. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2009.

Jews in American Agriculture: The History of Farming by Jews in the United States.  The Jewish Agricultural Society, Inc., 1954.

Kann, Kenneth. Comrades and Chicken Ranchers: The Story of a California Jewish Community. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993.

Katz, Daniel. All Together Different: Yiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

Kessler‐Harris, Alice. “Organizing the Unorganizable: Three Jewish women and their union.” Labor History, 17, no. 1 (1976): 5-23. 

Klapper, Melissa. “Jewish Women and Vocational Education in New York City, 1885–1925.” American Jewish Archives Journal 53, no. 1–2 (2001): 114–46.

Leeder, Elaine. The Gentle General: Rose Pesotta, Anarchist and Labor Organizer. Albany: SUNY Press, 1993.

Lerner, Gerda. Fireweed: A Political Autobiography. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Levine, Herman J. and Benjamin Miller. The American Jewish Farmer in Changing Times.  New York:  The Jewish Agricultural Society, Inc. 1966.

Markowitz, Ruth Jacknow. My Daughter, the Teacher: Jewish Teachers in the New York City Schools. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1993.

McCreesh, Carolyn Daniel. Women in the Campaign to Organize Garment Workers, 1880–1917. New York: Garland, 1985.

McCune, Mary. “Creating a Place for Women in a Socialist Brotherhood: Class and Gender Politics in the Workmen’s Circle, 1892–1930.” Feminist Studies 28, no. 3 (2002): 585–610.

McGuire, John Thomas. “From Socialism to Social Justice Feminism: Rose Schneiderman and the Quest for Urban Equity, 1911-1933.” Journal of Urban History 35 (2009): 998.

Metzker, Isaac, ed.  A Bintel Brief:  Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward.  New York:  Doubleday, 1971.

Michels, Tony. A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Mushler, Paul C. Raising Reds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Navasky, Victor S., Naming Names. New York:  The Viking Press, 1980. 

Orleck, Annelise. Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Parmet, Robert D. The Master of Seventh Avenue: David Dubinsky and the American Labor Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2005.

Pastorello, Karen. A Power Among Them: Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the Making of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Chicago: University of Illionois Press, 2008.

Pesotta, Rose. Bread Upon the Waters. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Pesotta, Rose. Days of Our Lives. Boston: Excelsior Press, 1958.

Savage, Nigel, and Anna Hanau, eds. Food for Thought: Hazon’s Sourcebook on Jews, Food & Contemporary Life. Hazon, 2010.

Schneiderman, Rose, and Lucy Goldthwaite. All for One. New York: P.S. Eriksson, 1967.

Shepherd, Naomi, “‘I Need a Violent Strike’: Rose Pesotta and American Jewish Immigrant Unionists,” in A Price Below Rubies: Jewish Women as Rebels and Radicals. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. 

Sorin, Gerald. The Prophetic Minority: American Jewish Immigrant Radicals, 1880-1920. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Soyer, Daniel. “Landsmanshaftn and the Jewish Labor Movement: Cooperation, Conflict, and the Building of Community.” Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring, 1988): 22-45.

Stein, Leon, ed. Out of the Sweatshop: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy. New York: Quadrangle, 1977.

Stein, Leon. The Triangle Fire. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1962. 

Tax, Meredith. The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880–1917. New York: Monthly Review, 1980.

Tax, Meredith. Rivington Street. New York: Morrow, 1982.

Tenenbaum, Shelly. A Credit to Their Community: Jewish Loan Societies in the United States, 1880–1945. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993.

Tyler, Gus. “David Dubinsky: A life with social significance.” Monthly Labor Review (October 1994): 43-49.

Von Drehle, David. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003.

Wald, Lillian. The House on Henry Street. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915.

Yezierska, Anzia.  Bread Givers.  New York:  Persea Books, 1975.

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