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

Author: Christopher Schmidt

This book project is a legal history of the lunch counter sit-in movement of the 1960s. It tells the story of the sit-ins, the events they set in motion, and what they achieved.  The central argument is that the story of the sit-ins cannot be fully explained without careful attention to the distinctive legal dilemmas raised by the challenge to racial discrimination in public accommodations during the early 1960s. The Sit-ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2018. 

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