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The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era

Christopher W. Schmidt


The Sit-Ins tells the story of the student lunch counter protests that swept across the South in 1960 and the national debate they sparked over the meaning of the Constitution’s requirement that all Americans receive the equal protection of the law. The first book-length study of this iconic episode of the civil rights movement, The Sit-Ins emphasizes the role law played in the emergence and development of the demonstrations. Behind the now-iconic scenes of African American college students sitting in quiet defiance at segregated lunch counters lies a series of underappreciated legal dilemmas— ... More

Keywords: sit-ins, protests, civil rights movement, demonstrations, equal protection, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, students, Civil Rights Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226522302
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226522586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher W. Schmidt, author
Chicago-Kent College of Law