"The Civil Rights Movement examines racial issues in all their manifestations, providing a strong emphasis on the role of African Americans?who, by all measures, were at the heart of the Civil Rights movement and provided its primary leaders. Among books published on the Civil Rights movement, the breadth of this set may be unique. Its articles, ranging in length from 200 to 2,500 words, examine the Civil Rights movement in all its dimensions. The forces underlying the modern Civil Rights movement began taking shape well before the 1950's, when it developed into a powerful and dramatic national force that could not be ignored. In addition to the many articles in these volumes specifically addressing major aspects of African American history, nearly one hundred articles examine what lay behind the prejudice and discrimination that African Americans?and members of other racial and ethnic minorities?faced."