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Vincent Chin

Who Is Vincent Chin? The History and Relevance of a 1982 Killing

His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered for What Might Have Been

Vincent Chin Murder

                      Embracing Mistaken Identity: How the Vincent Chin Case Unified Asian Americans          

                Vincent Chin    

Red Lining

1934–1968: FHA Mortgage Insurance Requirements Utilize Redlining


                A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

                The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood

Nat Turner

Nat Turner

Nat Turner's Rebellion

A Rebellion to Remember: The Legacy of Nat Turner

                Nat Turner's Rebellion

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

What Really Happened to Malcolm X?

Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Malcolm X

                The Complex Journey of Malcolm X

The Black Panthers

“A New Fear Known to Me”: Emmett Till's Influence and the Black Panther Party

Black Panthers

Power to the People: The Rise of the Black Panthers

                Black Panther Party

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

"Simply a Man"

 Frederick Douglass (from History.com)

Frederick Douglass  1818 - 1895  from PBS

                Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

                        And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

                        Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee


Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960–1973)

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

                Mobs, Vigilantes, Cops, and Feds

Mississippi Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer (1964)

The Mississippi Summer Project

Freedom Summer (June–August 1964)

                Unsung Heroes of 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer

The United States vs. The Amistad

United States v. The Amistad

The Amistad Case  from the National Archives

United States v. The Amistad (1841)

Amistad Case

Amistad Trials (1839-1840)

                Opinion of the Supreme Court in United States v. the Amistad from Docs Teach



The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in the United States


A Firsthand View of History at the NAACP Convention

                NAACP Facts & History Timeline

East Saint Louis Race Riots

The East St. Louis Race Riot Left Dozens Dead, Devastating a Community on the Rise

East St. Louis Race Riot, 1917

East St. Louis Massacre

The Forgotten March That Started the National Civil Rights Movement Took Place 100 Years Ago

                Hidden History: The Whitewashing of the 1917 East St. Louis Riot

Ralph Bunche                

Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche: American Diplomat

Ralph Bunche - Biographical

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche: An African-American Leader in the Intelligence Community  from The CIA

                Ralph Bunche Biography

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Fast Facts

A Brief History of Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action: Overview

                Affirmative Action

Watts Riots

Watts Riots

1965 Watts Riot Begins

Watts Rebellion (Los Angeles, 1965)

Watts Rebellion (August 1965)

                Black Power in American Memory

Middle Passage

The Abolition Project

The Middle Passage

                Middle Passage

                Middle Passage to American Slavery

The Dorr Rebellion

The Dorr War: Thomas W. Dorr Addresses the People of Rhode Island

Dorr's Rebellion

Local Civil War

The Dorr Rebellion: When RI Had 2 Governors

Chinese Exclusion Act

The Chinese Exclusion Acts: A Racist Chapter in U.S. Civil Rights History

The Chinese Exclusion Act: Ten Year Exclusion Act Debates and Passage -- Part 3

Chinese Exclusion Act

Chinese Exclusion Act

Buck vs. Bell Supreme Court Ruling

Buck v. Bell

Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927)

Eugenic Sterilization Laws

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Buck v. Bell (1927)

Walter Fernald Developmental Center

America's Deep, Dark Secret

Fernald through the Years

No Longer Neglected, Rebuilding Hope for The Fernald

               44 Years Later, the Truth About the 'Science Club'

Zoot Suit Riots

Zoot Suit Riots

1943: Zoot Suit Riots

The Strange Story of The Los Angeles Zoot Suit Riots in World War Two

Zoot Suit Riots 1943

The Zoot Suit Riots: Exploring Social Issues in American History

Felix Longoria, Jr.

Felix Longoria Affair

Felix Z. Longoria Private, United States Army

The Longoria Affair

Documentary Recounts Anti-Mexican Racism In The South

The “Ugly Laws”

The Ugly Laws: Disability In Public

How an 'Ugly Law' Stayed on Chicago's Books for 93 Years

                      An Ugly Chapter 

The Ugly Laws: A Review

                The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

1851 Appropriation Bill for Indian Affairs

Indian Reservations

 Indian Removal Act

The Reservation System

                How American Indian Reservations Came to Be

Navajo Code Talkers

Code Talking

The Incredible Story of the Navajo Code Talkers That Got Lost in All the Politics

Navajo Code Talkers History

The Navajo Code Talkers and Their Photographer

Seminole Wars

The Seminole Wars

Seminole Wars

Seminole Indian Wars

                Whose War Was It?

Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Pipeline: What's Behind the Controversy?

What to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline

United in Protest

                INDIGENOUS RIGHTS of Standing Rock: Federal Courts and Beyond

Indian Reorganization Act of 1934

1934: President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Indian Reorganization Act

Wheeler-Howard Act, June 18, 1934 (The Indian Reorganization Act)

“It Didn’t Pan Out as We Thought It Was Going To” Amos Owen on the Indian Reorganization Act

                 Indian Reorganization Act of 1934

Mendez vs. Westminster

Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools

'We always tell our children they are Americans': Mendez v. Westminster and the Beginning of the End of School Segregation

The Lasting Impact of Mendez v. Westminster in the Struggle for Desegregation

School Desegregation and Civil Rights Stories: Orange County, California

                The Landmark

Japanese Internment Camps

Japanese Internment Camps

Japanese-American Internment

Japanese Relocation During World War II

Round 'Em Up

                ...In a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Philadelphia Nativist Riots

Nativist Riots of 1844

Chaos in the Streets: the Philadelphia Riots of 1844

Early Catholics in the City Endured Persecution, Riots

                Riots in the City of Brotherly Love

 The Grape Boycott/Cesar Chavez

The 1965-1970 Delano Grape Strike and Boycott

Exploring the United Farm Workers' History

'Against All Odds' : Cesar Chavez & the Delano Grape Strike

Cesar Chavez

The Great Grape Strike

                Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Movement

Black Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter: the Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

The Matter of Black Lives

The Truth About Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

                Black Lives Matter (from Time Magazine)

Emmitt Till

Emmett Till is Murdered

The Emmett Till Murder Trial: An Account

The Murder of Emmett Till

                Till, Emmett Louis (1941-1955)

Obergefell vs. Hodges

Obergefell v. Hodges

A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States: Obergefell v. Hodges

Obergefell v. Hodges (from American Psychological Association)

The Decision of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges


ACLU History


Is the ACLU Good for America?

                       American Civil Liberties Union

Americans with Disabilities Act

Recreation and the Americans with Disabilities Act

               Whither the Disability Rights Movement? The Future of Disability Rights Law

               Americans with Disabilities Act

                       ADA Accessibility Rules for Alterations to Existing Facilities

The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act: What Is the Proper Balance Between National Security and Individual Rights?

Everything You Need to Know about the Patriot Act Debate

George W. Bush Signs the Patriot Act

The Pro and Cons of the NSA's Domestic Surveillance Program

                Patriot Act Overview

The Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Overview Dust Bowl

                The Catastrophic Dust Storms of the 1930s, in Retrospect

The New Deal                 

New Deal

The Fed's Depression and the Birth of the New Deal

The New Deal in Action

The New Deal Sealed the Deal  -- from U.S. News 

                African Americans and the New Deal

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt  -- from Whitehouse.gov

Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR Biography

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

                        1940 Roosevelt

Ed Roberts    

Edward V. Roberts, 56, Champion of the Disabled

History of Independent Living

Ed Roberts: The Father of Independent Living

Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcome

Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots

An Amazing 1969 Account of the Stonewall Uprising  -- from The Atlantic

Was Stonewall Sparked by Judy Garland’s Death? Inside the Riots’ Contested History – from The Washington Post 

Stonewall: The People, the Place, and the Lasting Significance of "Where Pride Began" – from Biography.com 

Takin’ It to the Streets

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S. Military: Historical Background

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Consigned to History

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The 1990s, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and DOMA

                        Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Equal Pay Act of 1963

Dollar for Dollar

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 – from EEOC  

How TIME Once Mansplained Why Equal Pay for Women Wouldn't Work 

1963: EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963 – from National Geographic

John F. Kennedy

“Federal Legislation Is not Needed”: Debating the Equal Pay Act of 1963

Kathrine Switzer

American History

Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine's Full Bio

The Girl Who Started It All

Kathrine Switzer from Women of the Hall 

Title IX

Title IX Enacted

Understanding How and Why Title IX Regulates Campus Sexual Violence

Women Win Big With Title IX

                Title IX Due Process

Billie Jean King

Billy Jean King (Cover Story)

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean Won for All Women –from ESPN 

                        When Billie Beat Bobby

Civil Rights Megasites 

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Rights Institute

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The Civil Rights Era

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places in the Civil Rights Movement

Prints & Photographs Collection

Significant Cases 

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Brown v. Board of Education

Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education

The Supreme Court and Brown v. Board of Ed

Timeline of Events Leading to the Brown v. Board of Education Decision, 1954

Brown v. Board of Education

Thurgood Marshall and Brown v. Board of Ed.

Bolling v. Sharpe

Bolling v. Sharpe, 347 U.S. 497

Brown v. Board of Education II

Brown v. Board of Education, 349 U.S. 294

Brown v. Board of Education, 349 U.S. 294

Cooper v. Aaron

Cooper V. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1 (1958)

Plessy v. Ferguson

Plessy v. Ferguson

Plessy v. Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896)

Bus Boycotts

The First Civil Rights Bus Boycott

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Civil Rights Laws

Congress and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Voting Rights Act 1965

Voting Rights Act of 1965

Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

The Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott vs Sanford

Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides Revisited

Greensboro Sit-ins

Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of the Civil Rights Movement

Sit In Movement

Jim Crow Laws

An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville VA

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

Ku Klux Klan

Ku Klux Klan

Little Rock Nine

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine 


Deluth Lynchings Online

Lynchings in the U.S. since 1865 

March on Washington

The March on Washington

March on Washington 

March on Washington Fast Facts 

All about the March on Washington, August 28, 1963  

Scottsboro Trials

The Scottsboro Judges

Famous American Trials: The Scottsboro Trials: 1931-1937 

Selma to Montgomery March

When You Pray, Move Your Feet

Selma to Montgomery

Watts Riots

Watts Riots

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