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Hi Amy,

I am a college student who must do a 25 page research paper on an issue pertaining to civil rights in America. I decided to focus on the role of African-American women during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. My instructor said I must limit my analysis to no more than three women. I thought maybe I would discuss Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker and Septima Clark. Do you have any suggestions on research sources to start with. Do you think it is realistic to find enough information to do a paper of this length on the topic. I still have a week to change my mind before submitting my topic of research.

Thank you. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.



Dear Terry,

I think that your research project sounds great and there is certainly enough information to do a 25 page paper on these three women. There is a great book called Women In The Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers 1941-1965 edited by Vicki Crawford, Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods, which includes references to each of these women. There are also the Black Women In America anthology that was edited by Darlene Clark Hine and put out by Carlson Press. This includes sections on each of these women and references to many other resources. Hopefully you can find these sources in your library and they will certainly lead you to others -- like any books about SNCC. -- good luck.

- Amy


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