What are the best books about Civil Rights movement?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Ryan Keller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" to give it as a gift to a friend of mine who's really interested in Civil Rights movements. It talks about the history of a man in the deep south that had to overcome hatred and violence. Very beautifully written, I suggest this book to everyone."
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    #2Carry Me Home

    Carry Me Home

    Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution is a nonfiction book written by Diane McWhorter about American history and civil rights. This was originally published in 2001.

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    Raymond Harvey
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I enjoy reading about our history and this one was on point. Well written and accurate of the movement."
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    #3Opening the Doors

    Opening the Doors

    Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa is a historical nonfiction book written by B.J. Hollars. This was originally published in 2013.

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    Guillermo Zárate
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I think this is an excellent book that focuses on a pivotal time in American history. If you want to understand how the desegregation of the University of Alabama has affected and shaped American politics and culture since then read this. "
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    #4Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South is a memoir written by Anne Moody. This autobiography about civil rights was originally published in 1968.

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    Philip Little
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I read this book in high school and was immensely moved by it. Reading it again as an adult, I realized how much I missed, even with my teacher guiding us through. This book is a must read for anyone trying to understand the history of the American South. "
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    #5Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.

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    Roger Williamson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "As someone who is concerned about Civil Rights, I have always loved to read any books about the civil rights movement. The best book I have found so far that covers this is the Invisible Man. "
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    #6The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Henry Young
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I know a lot of the history that is in this book, so for me it was predictable. Not to mention I am African American raised by people exactly like the maids in the book so I can understand the views of maids easily. I was hoping not to be able to predict their stories though which make me a bit sad. It can drag for sure. I like a little suspense but not too much of it to wear I get annoyed with the prolonging of a situation. Great story"
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    #7Warriors Don't Cry

    Warriors Don't Cry

    Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High is a memoir written by Melba Pattillo Beals. This book about civil rights was originally published in 1994.

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    Marcos Sierra
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Warriors Don't Cry is one of the best books about the Civil Rights movement. The details are heart-rending and powerful. A moving memoir that should be read by everyone."
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    #8Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

    Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

    Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader is a book on civil rights written and edited by Michael Edmonds. This nonfiction history and cultural book was originally published in 2014.

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    Lawrence McDonald
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Civil rights and all that is not anywhere near my forte or my cup of tea if you will, but this book only have a very small quantity of reviews for me to recommend this one. I believe there are a lot more popular ones that you could get and that are more guaranteed than this book in particular."
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    #9The New Jim Crow

    The New Jim Crow
    This book shares the idea that America's society has achieved a new era of colorblindness, which starting point is the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Michelle Alexander says that this doesn't mean that racism is over, society has just redesigned. 
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    Frank Phillips
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "What a great book! I just finished reading The New Jim Crow and I think it's one of the best books that I have read about the Civil Rights movement. This book has made me think about the way the police systems work, and also the prison system."
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    #10March: Book One

    March: Book One

    March: Book One is a Sequential Art, Autobiography, History, Non-fiction graphic novel written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It was published August 13, 2013 by Top Shelf Productions.

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    Maria Pierce
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "March: Book One was a fascinating Civil Rights book written by a leader of the movement, John Lewis. A great book about civil rights history."
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    #11Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 

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    David Douglas
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "After a pal of mine recommended Native Son to me, I picked a copy up and polished off the book in a three day weekend. It was very good in terms of narrative, and I won't say that I regret reading the tale. However I would say that this book is about poverty and crime more than it is about the actual Civil Rights movement. The movement is definitely a backdrop and a consideration when seeing all the challenges that the protagonist has to deal with, but if you are searching for a book covering the Civil Rights movement in detail then you should look elsewhere."

Summary

Best What are the best books about Civil Rights movement
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 44 Paid
2Carry Me HomeBooks 41 Paid
3Opening the DoorsBooks 37 Paid
4Coming of Age in MississippiBooks 36 Paid
5Invisible ManBooks 33 Paid
6The HelpBooks 31 Paid
7Warriors Don't CryBooks 29 Paid
8Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer ReaderBooks 28 Paid
9The New Jim CrowBooks 25 Paid
10March: Book OneBooks 24 Paid
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