MLK Day Reading List for 2013

Many Penn Press publications, from the journal Humanity to our book series Politics and Culture in Modern America and Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, address the issues that Martin Luther King, Jr. championed in his campaigns for social justice. From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice, by Thomas F. Jackson, speaks directly to King's fight against poverty. Here are some more recent Penn Press books that also relate to King's legacy and ideals.

Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor
Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor


Catherine M. Paden

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.

Cloth 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4297-3 | $55.00 | £36.00

Paper Apr 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2267-8 | $26.50 | £17.50

A volume in the American Governance: Politics, Policy, and Public Law series

In Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor, Catherine M. Paden examines five civil rights organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and explores why they chose to represent the poor—specifically, low-income African Americans—during six legislative periods considering welfare reform.

Between North and South
Between North and South: Delaware, Desegregation, and the Myth of American Sectionalism


Brett Gadsden

352 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.

Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4443-4 | $45.00 | £29.50

A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

Between North and South chronicles the three-decades-long struggle over segregated schooling in Delaware, a key border state and important site of civil rights activism and white reaction, that despite concerted white opposition to reforms produced one of the most progressive desegregation remedies in the nation.

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters
Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America


Victoria W. Wolcott

328 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 illus.

Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4434-2 | $34.95 | £23.00

A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters tells the story of the battle for access to leisure space in cities across the United States. This detailed and eloquent history shows how African Americans fought to enter segregated amusement areas not only in pursuit of happiness but in connection to a wider movement for racial equality

Dignity Rights
Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person


Erin Daly. Foreword by Aharon Barak

272 pages | 6 x 9

Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4440-3 | $69.95 | £45.50

A volume in the Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism series

With cases from around the world on a wide range of subjects including prison conditions, employment, sexuality, reputation, and death, this ground-breaking book examines how judicial interpretations of dignity redefine what it means to be human in the modern world.

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