Steven F. Lawson

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Steven F. Lawson
Full name Steven Fred Lawson
Born (1945-06-14) June 14, 1945 (age 69)
New York City, New York
United States
Era 20th century
Region United States
Institutions Rutgers University
Professor Emeritus of History
Alma mater City College of New York
(B.A. 1966)
Columbia University
(M.A. 1967) (Ph.D. 1974)
Thesis Give Us the Ballot : The Expansion of Black Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969 (1974)
Doctoral advisor William Leuchtenburg
Main interests
U.S. since 1945
Civil Rights Movement
African-American Politics
Political And Legal History
Major works
  • Black Ballots (1999)
  • In Pursuit of Power (1985)
  • Running for Freedom (1991)
  • Debating the Civil Rights Movement (1998)

Steven F. Lawson (born June 14, 1945) is a noted historian of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.[1]

List of works[edit]


  • Exploring American Histories. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. December 2012. 
  • In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982. New York: Columbia University Press. 1985. 
  • Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941 (Second ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 1997. 
  • Charles Payne (1998). Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman- Littlefield. 
  • Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969 (Reprint with new preface ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. 1999. 
  • Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle. University Press of Kentucky. 2003. 



  1. ^ Danielle McGuire, ed. (2011). Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813134499.