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Civil Rights Movement

A guide for locating primary sources and research materials about the U.S. civil rights movement.

What can I find in newspapers?

With few exceptions, most newspapers are written for a local audience. Consider exploring the coverage of important civil rights events through the lens of both local and national papers. Furthermore, newspapers of the mid-twentieth century imagined their readers as white, middle-class Americans. As a result, many African-American communities published their own papers, covering issues that might be ignored by the white establishment.

African-American Newspapers


The following are a selection of historical African-American newspapers available on microfilm at FSU Libraries.

"Mainstream" Historical Newspapers

New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Personal Papers

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