Steven F. Lawson

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Steven F. Lawson
Native name Steven Fred Lawson
Born (1945-06-14) June 14, 1945 (age 74)
New York City, New York
United States
Residence United States
Academic background
Alma mater City College of New York
(B.A. 1966)
Columbia University
(M.A. 1967) (Ph.D. 1974)
Thesis title Give Us the Ballot : The Expansion of Black Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969
Thesis year 1974
Doctoral advisor William Leuchtenburg
Academic work
Era 20th century
Institutions Rutgers University
Professor Emeritus of History
Main interests U.S. since 1945
Civil Rights Movement
African-American Politics
Political And Legal History
Notable 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] Born in the Bronx, New York, he is the son of Ceil Parker Lawson, a housewife, and Murray Lawson, a retail hardware clerk.[citation needed] He had a sister, Lona Lawson Mirchin, who died in 2004.[citation needed] After teaching at various colleges and universities for forty years, he is now retired, works as an independent scholar, and shares a home in New Jersey with his wife Nancy A. Hewitt and their miniature poodle, Scooter (named after 1950s New York Yankees star and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto).[citation needed]

List of works


  • (2012) Exploring American Histories. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>(with Nancy A. Hewitt)
  • (2009) One America in the Twenty-first Century: The Report of President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race. New Haven, Yale University Press
  • (2004) To Secure These Rights: President Harry S Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s.
  • (2003) Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle. University Press of Kentucky.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • (2003) Co-authors Darlene Clark Hine; Merline Pitre. Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas. University of Missouri Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • (1998) Co-author Charles Payne. Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman- Littlefield.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • (1997) Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941 (Second ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • (1985) In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982. New York: Columbia University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • (1976) Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969 (Reprint with new preface ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • "Preserving the Second Reconstruction: Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1975". Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South. 22 (1). Spring 1983.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Historiography of the Civil Rights Movement," American Historical Review, 96 (April 1991): 456- 71.
  • Race and Reapportionment, 1962: The Case of Georgia Senate Redistricting, Journal of Policy History, 12(Summer, 2000): 1-28(co-author with Peyton McCrary).


  • Lawson, Steven F. (August 28, 2013). "The Opinion Pages: 'I Have a Dream,' Then and Now". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lawson, Steven F. (November 9, 2008) "What It Meant: The Election of Barack Obama," The Boston Globe.[citation needed]
  • Lawson, Steven F.; Perez, Louis A., Jr. (March 31, 1978). "Oral History". St. Petersburg Independent. p. 15A.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. Danielle McGuire, ed. (2011). Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813134499.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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