1964 Civil Rights Act http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAcivil64.htm This site provides the context surrounding the Civil Rights Act, the circumstances under which the law was passed, and the actual results of the law. Civil Rights Timeline http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html An outline of the history of the Civil Rights Movement. "My Daughter Married a Negro": Interracial Relationships in the United States as Portrayed in Popular Media, 1950-1975 http://www.uwlax.edu/urc/JUR-online/PDF/2005/magnusoncannady.pdf A scholarly article (in PDF form) about how interracial relationships were depicted in the mainstream media during the 1960s, when the novel was set. Bridging Feminism and Theology on the Back of the Black Madonna http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/resources/article.php?id=204 This site reviews a speech given by Sue Monk Kidd on the topic of the Black Madonna. What Was Jim Crow? http://www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/what.htm An explanation of the infamous anti-black Jim Crow laws that existed in the United States. Black Madonnas http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/blackmdn.html Description of the history of Black Madonna images in art and explanations of these figures. Anatomy of a Hive http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/ Interesting information about the different roles that bees play inside of a beehive, and clarification of myths about bees and honey creation. Beekeeping Terms http://www.hivetool.com/guide/beekeeping_terms.htm Definitions of terms that relate to the process of beekeeping and honey creation. Bee Biology and Society http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ythfacts/4h/beekeep/beebio&s.htm Bee roles, stages of life, and their complex interactions inside the hive. History of Beekeeping http://www.main.org/cahbs/history.htm A beekeeping history in ancient times, a discussion of beekeeping in literature, and advances in beekeeping.