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Can’t get enough of All the Way? We get it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of additional resources for you to chew on. Happy reading!

Our friends at HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, have recommended a variety of articles relevant to the time period of our plays.

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The LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas at Austin houses over 45 million documents from LBJ’s time in office. Lucky for us in Seattle, they have a website with extensive resources including primary source documents from the White House, essays, photos and videos.

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All the Way and The Great Society dramaturge Tom Bryant suggests the following texts for further reading:

  • Taylor Branch. Pillar of Fire.
    The second in the Pulitzer Prize-winning trilogy about the civil rights movement, it covers the years 1963–1965.
  • Robert A. Caro. Master of the Senate.
    The third volume in the definitive series about Lyndon Johnson’s political career. A fascinating account of LBJ’s unequaled political horse-trading during his Senate years from 1949–1960.
  • David J. Garrow. Bearing the Cross.
    This authoritative biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an in-depth portrait of both the man and the civil rights leader.
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.
    An insightful, psychological portrait of LBJ and the forces driving him throughout his life and career.
  • Robert Mann. The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights.
    The passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a focus on the main players in the conflict.

Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together the following list of materials.

To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.

Books

The Passage of Power
By Robert A. Caro

The Kennedy Assassination—24 Hours After
By Steven M. Gillon

An Idea Whose Time Has Come
By Todd S. Purdum

Bending Toward Justice
By Gary May

Freedom Summer
By Bruce Watson

The Best and the Brightest
By David Halberstam

Ready for A Brand New Beat
By Mark Kurlansky

Bombingham
By Anthony Grooms

The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd

The Help
By Kathryn Stockett

DVDs

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Freedom Riders

Brother Outsider