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AAS366: Ida B. Wells and the Beginning of the Modern Civil Rights Movement: Books & Dissertations

Spring 2011, P. Giddings

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Dissertations and Theses

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Note that subject searching isn't always straightforward. Try a KEYWORDS ANYWHERE search to find a few relevant titles, for example: Jim Crow. Then click on the subject headings on those records to conduct a more comprehensive subject search.

Note that there are usually many different ways to search a concept, for example, segregation:

  • African Americans - Segregation
  • African Americans - Civil rights - History
  • African Americans - Legal status, laws, etc. - Southern States - History
  • Racism - Southern States - History
  • Southern States - Race relations - History
  • United States - Race relations - History - 20th century

For books by and about Wells, remember to search her name as both author and subject (note the compound last name):
Author (last name first) Wells Barnett, Ida B
Subject begins with: Wells Barnett, Ida B

For publications by and about organizations, remember to search the organization name as both author and subject:

Author keyword: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Subject begins with: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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