Books

Most course readings will be made available to you digitally and free of charge. However, each of you is expected to obtain your own copy of the following books. To facilitate your obtaining a copy, each has been chosen for their learning potential as well as their affordability. Clicking on their titles, below, will take you to Amazon.com where you may purchase the books. Of course, in one or two instances you may find them even cheaper elsewhere.
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Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
Jo Ann Gibson Robinson

This is the exciting story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as told by one of the women who organized it. This mass, grassroots protest is often seen as one of the foundational movement events for the post-WWII Civil Rights Movement, and it launched the career of Martin Luther King Jr. as well. Told in an easy to read style, Robinson reminds us that for every movement with a hgh-profile leader there are legions of organizers working behind the scenes to make it all happen.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X and Alex Haley
One of the most enduring books of the last century, The Autobiography of Malcolm X tells the extraordinary story of one man’s life as well as the story of his times. Originally published in 1964, Malcolm X’s perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, continues to give extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.

Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice
Ian F. Haney-López

In 1968, thousands of students marched in protest over the terrible conditions prevalent in the high schools of East Los Angeles, the largest Mexican community in the United States. Frustrated with the previous generation’s efforts to win equal treatment by portraying themselves as racially white, the Chicano protesters demanded justice as proud members of a brown race. Ian Haney López tells the compelling story of this movement in Los Angeles by following two criminal trials, including one arising from the student walkouts. He shows that legal violence helped to convince Chicano activists that they were nonwhite, thereby encouraging their use of racial ideas to redefine their aspirations, culture, and selves.

Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties
Karen L. Ishizuka

Until the Long Sixties, there were no Asian Americans, only isolated communities of mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos lumped together as “Orientals.” Serve the People tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit these disparate communities into a political identity. Karen Ishizuka’s narrative evokes the feeling of growing up alien in a society rendered in black and white, and recalls the intricate memories and meanings of the Asian American movement.

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