Steven F. Lawson

Steven F. Lawson

Steven F. Lawson
Full name Steven Fred Lawson
Born (1945-06-14) June 14, 1945
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 (1976)
  • In Pursuit of Power (1985)
  • Running for Freedom (1991)
  • Debating the Civil Rights Movement (1998)

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


  • List of works 1
    • Books 1.1
    • Journals 1.2
    • Newspapers 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3

List of works


  • (2012) Exploring American Histories. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. 
  • (2003) Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle. University Press of Kentucky. 
  • (2003) Co-authors  
  • (1998) Co-author  
  • (1997) Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941 (Second ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 
  • (1985) In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982. New York: Columbia University Press. 
  • (1976) Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969 (Reprint with new preface ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. 


  • "Preserving the Second Reconstruction: Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1975". Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 22 (1). Spring 1983. 


  • Lawson, Steven F. (August 28, 2013). "The Opinion Pages: ‘I Have a Dream,’ Then and Now". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  • Lawson, Steven F.; Hewitt, Nancy A. (June 6, 2011). "Letters to the Editor: United Against Aids (2 Letters)". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  • Lawson, Steven F.; Perez, Louis A., Jr. (March 31, 1978). "Oral History". St. Petersburg Independent. p. 15A. 


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

External links

  • Faculty page at Rutgers University
  • Declaration of Steven F. Lawson, Ph.D. Case No.: 1:13-CV-861 From the case United States of America vs. The State Of North Carolina; The North Carolina State Board of Elections; and Kim W. Strach held in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina