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Civil Rights Revolution and the Law

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Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of the topic and identify the current issues, approaches, and scholarship relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your research on a particular aspect of a topic.


Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Leonard W. Levy and Kenneth L. Karst. 2d edition. Detroit, Macmillan Reference USA, 2000.
Some 3000 scholarly entries on constitutional issues, key constitutional law cases, and legislative developments, most with brief bibliographies.
Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Twenty-First Century.
Charles D. Lowery and John F. Marszalek, editors. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2003. 2 volumes.
Entries followed by brief bibliographies. Vol. 2 includes 120 primary documents. Available?
Encyclopedia of Gender and Society
Jodi O'Brien, editor. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Publications, 2008.
Over 450 signed entries with brief bibliographies. Worldwide scope. Rutgers-restricted Access
LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 3 vols.
More than 500 scholarly entries on LGBT identities, communities, cultures, movements, and issues. Rutgers-restricted Access

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