Steven F. Lawson

Steven F. Lawson
Native name Steven Fred Lawson
Born (1945-06-14) June 14, 1945
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

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. 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





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