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Steven Fred Lawson (born June 14, 1945) is a noted historian of the "Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Born in the "Bronx, "New York, he is the son of Ceil Parker Lawson, a housewife, and Murray Lawson, a retail hardware clerk. He had a sister, Lona Lawson Mirchin, who died in 2004. 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).
List of works
- (2012) Exploring American Histories. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.(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.
- (2003) Co-authors "Darlene Clark Hine; Merline Pitre. Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas. University of Missouri Press.
- (1998) Co-author "Charles Payne. Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman- Littlefield.
- (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.
- "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.
- 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. (November 9, 2008) "What It Meant: The Election of Barack Obama," The Boston Globe.
- Lawson, Steven F.; Perez, Louis A., Jr. (March 31, 1978). "Oral History". St. Petersburg Independent. p. 15A.