Lyndon B. Johnson, “We Shall Overcome,” Sources

Suggested Readings, Audio-Visual Materials, and On-Line Resources


Black, Edwin. Rhetorical Questions: Studies in Public Discourse. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

———. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Caro, Robert A. The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol. 2, Means of Ascent. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

———. The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol. 3, Master of the Senate. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Dallek, Robert. Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

———. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Fager, Charles E. Selma, 1965. Boston, MA: Beacon, 1985.

Foner, Eric. The Story of American Freedom. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.

Garrow, David J. Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1978.

———. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow, 1986.

Goldman, Robert M. Reconstruction and Black Suffrage: Losing the Vote in Reese and Cruikshank. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001.

Hart, Roderick P. The Sound of Leadership: Presidential Communication in the Modern Age. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Johnson, Lyndon B. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1966.

———. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1966.

Justice, Department of. Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States, 1964. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1964.

———. Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States, 1965. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1965.

Keyssar, Alexander. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Kotz, Nick. Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Law That Changed America. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Lawson, Steven F. Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969. New York: Columbia University Press, 1976.

Mann, Robert. The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Miroff, Bruce. “Presidential Leverage Over Social Movements: The Johnson White House and Civil Rights.” Journal of Politics 43 (1981): 2-23.

Pauley, Garth E. LBJ’s American Dream. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2007.

President’s Commission on Registration and Voter Participation. Report of the President’s Commission on Registration and Voter Participation. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1963.

Perman, Michael. Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Price, Margaret. The Negro and the Ballot in the South. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Council, 1959.

Ritter, Kurt, and William Forrest Harlow. “Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Address of March 15, 1965: Civil Rights Rhetoric in the Jeremiad Tradition.” In Great Speeches for Criticism and Analysis. Edited by Lloyd E. Rohler, 198-219. Greenwood, IN: Alistair Press, 2001.

Ryan, Halford R. “LBJ’s Voting Rights Address: Adjusting Civil Rights to the Congress and the Congress to Civil Rights.” In Contemporary American Public Discourse. Edited by Halford R. Ryan, 228-37. Prospect Heights: Waveland, 1992.

Torres, Sasha. Black, White, and in Color: Television and Civil Rights. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1959.

———. Voting: 1961 Commission on Civil Rights Report. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1961.

———. Civil Rights ’63: 1963 Report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1963.

Zarefsky, David. “Lyndon Johnson Redefines “Equal Opportunity”: The Beginnings of Affirmative Action.” Central States Speech Journal 31 (1980): 85-94.

Audio-Visual Materials

Brunius, Brian. Freedom: A History of US. New York: Thirteen/WNET, 2002. Video Recording.

Grubin, David. LBJ. Boston, MA: WGBH, 1991. Video Recording.

Taylor, David. Crossing the Bridge. Washington, D.C.: Team Video International, 2001. Video Recording.

Vecchione, Judith. Eyes on the Prize. New York: Blackside, 1986. Video recording.

On-Line Resources

“Activists Recall Drive for Voting Rights.” All Things Considered. National Public Radio,

“A Different Kind of Fight.” Freedom: A History of US, PBS

Lyndon B. Johnson. Address to Congress. March 15, 1965, PBS, American Experience: The Presidents

Lyndon B. Johnson. Speech before Congress on Voting Rights. March 15, 1965, Miller Center of Public Affairs,

March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Eyes on the Prize. PBS,

National Park Service. Selma-to-Montgomery March. National Historic Trail,

“Primer: The Voting Rights Act.” Now. PBS,

“Voting Rights Act Marks 40th Anniversary.” Morning Edition. NPR,

“Voting Then, Voting Now.” The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. PBS,