IF YOU CAN READ ONLY ONE:
Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer’s Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the 1980s
Eric Marcus’ Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights
Priscilla Murolo and A.B. Chitty’s From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short Illustrated History of Labor in the United States
Benjamin Quarles’ Black Aboltionists
Francisco Rosales’ Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
Ruth Rosen’s The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America
Paul Smith and Robert Warrior’s Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee
Doris Steven’s Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote
Kim Voss and Irene Bloemraad’s Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America
The rest of this list is a work in progress. 🙂 In the first section, we tried to list books written for a popular audience. The final list are academic books and you will find them less accessibly written.
MEMOIRS AND JOURNALISTIC ACCOUNTS
Barnett, Alan W. Community Murals: The People’s Arts.
Cockcroft, Eva Sperling and Holly Barnet-Sanchez. Signs from the Heart: California Chicano Murals.
Davis, Flora. Moving the Mountain: The Women’s Movement in America since 1960.
Drescher, Timothy. San Francisco Murals: Community Creates Its Muse
Dunitz, Robin J. Street Gallery: Guide to 1000 Los Angeles Murals.
Fortunate Eagle, Adam. Heart of the Rock: The Indian Invasion of Alcatraz.
Garcia, Mario T., ed. The Gospel of Cesar Chavez: My Faith in Action.
Halberstam, David. The Children.
Horton, Myles. The long haul: An autobiography.
Johnson, Troy R. We Hold the Rock: The Indian Occupation of Alcatraz.
Jones, Mary Harris. The Autobiography of Mother Jones.
Levy, Jacque E. Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa.
Margolin, Malcolm. The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area.
Martinez, Elizabeth. 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History.
Matthiessen, Peter. Sal Si Puedes: Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution.
McHugh, Paul. Alcatraz: The Official Guide.
Menkart, Deborah, Murray, Alana D. and View, Jenice. Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.
Okada, Jon. No-No Boy.
Perry, Mark. Lift Up Thy Voice: The Grimke Family’s Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders.
Salomon, Larry R. Roots of Justice: Stories of Organizing in Communities of Color.
Stavans, Ilan, ed. Cesar Chavez: An Organizer’s Tale (speeches)
Stavans, Ilan. Latino U.S.A.: A Cartoon History.
von Drehle, David. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America.
X, Malcolm & Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States.
Adams, Frank. Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander.
Almaguer, Tomas. Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California.
Anderson. Karen. Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School.
Anderson, Kat. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources.
Baker, Jean. Votes for Women.
Brodkin, Karen. Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles.
Broyles-Gonzalez, Yolanda. El Teatro Campesino: Theater in the Chicano Movement.
Butler, Cornelia. WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.
Cannato, Vincent. American Passage: The History of Ellis Island.
Chin, Margaret. Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry.
Costain, Anne N. 1992. Inviting Women’s Rebellion: A Political Process Interpretation of the Women’s Movement. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Durant, Sam. Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas.
Ferree, Myra. Feminist Organizations: Harvest of the New Women’s Movement.
Flammang, Janet A. 1997. Women’s Political Voice: How Women Are Transforming the Practice and Study of Politics. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Glen, John M. Highlander: No Ordinary School.
Heidenreich, Linda. “This Land Was Mexican Once”: Histories of Resistance from Northern California.
Horton, Aimee Isgrig. 1989. The Highlander Folk School: A History of its Major Programs, 1932-1961. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson Publishing.
Horton, Myles & Paulo Freire. 1990. We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change, edited by Brenda Bell, John Gaventa, & John Peters. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Jacobs, Dale. The Myles Horton Reader: Education for Social Change.
Jacoby, Annie. Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo.
Kraut, Alan. Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes and the Immigrant Menace.
Lovett, Bobby L. The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative History.
Marable, Manning. Malcolm X.
McAdam, Doug. 1988. Freedom Summer. New York: Oxford University Press.
McAdam, Doug. 1982. Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Morgan, Iwan & Philip Davies. From Sit-ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Morris, Aldon D. 1984. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: Free Press.
Payne, Charles M. 1995. I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Piven, Frances Fox & Richard A. Cloward. 1979. Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. New York: Vintage.
Pulido, Laura. Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles.
Reed, T.V. The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle.
Robnett, Belinda. 1997. How Long? How Long?: African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights. New York: Oxford University Press.
Roy, William G. Reds, Whites and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music and Race in the United States.
Sanchez, George G. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano L.A. 1900-1945.
Springer, Kimberly. Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980.
Street, Richard Steven. Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913.
Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.
Terbourg-Penn, Rosalyn. African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote.
Varzally, Allison. Making a Non-White America: Californians Coloring Outside Ethnic Lines.
Wigginton, Eliot, ed. 1991. Refuse to Stand Silently By: An Oral History of Grass Roots Social Activism in America, 1921-64. New York: Doubleday.
Zlolniski, Christian. Janitors, Street Vendors and Activists: The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley.