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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King Jr. Details
An extensive collection of writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections, "A Testament of Hope" contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope--and so much more.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
by Todd S Purdum Details
"In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible, from the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen. Drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews, Purdum brings to life this signal achievement in American history and stands as a lesson for our own troubled times about what is possible when patience, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day."--Amazon
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
by Danielle L. McGuire Details
Tracing the pivotal influence of centuries of sexual violence directed at African American women,"At the Dark End of the Street" offers a history of America's civil rights movement that reveals Rosa Parks's contributions as an anti-rape activist years before her heroic bus protest.
Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders
by Eric Etheridge Details
In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans converged on Jackson, Mississippi, to challenge the state segregation laws. Over 300 Freedom Riders, as they came to be known, were arrested and convicted of "breaching of the peace." The name, mug shot, and personal details of each arrested Freedom Rider were duly recorded and saved. In "Breach of Peace," Eric Etheridge presents these mug shots alongside contemporary photos and interviews from those on the front lines of the movement.
Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales
by James H. Karales Details
Controversy and Hope commemorates the civil rights legacy of James Karales (1930-2002), a professional photojournalist who documented the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights with a dedication and vision that led the New York Times to deem his work "a pictorial anthem of the civil rights movement."--Amazon
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Raymond Arsenault Details
In "Freedom Riders," Raymond Arsenault offers a meticulously researched account of the Freedom Rides, one of the most compelling chapters in the history of civil rights. Arsenault recounts how in 1961, emboldened by federal rulings that declared segregated transit unconstitutional, a group of black and white volunteers traveled together from Washington D.C. through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals, putting their bodies and their lives on the line for racial justice.
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
by Bruce Watson Details
In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, 700 college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had been burned, and America had a new definition of freedom. This remarkable chapter in American history, the basis for the controversial film "Mississippi Burning," is now the subject of "Freedom Summer," Bruce Watson's thoughtful and riveting historical narrative.
Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation
by Jonathan Rieder Details
On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested for his role in the Birmingham protests. Alone in his cell, reading a newspaper, he found a statement from eight "moderate" clergymen who branded the protests extremist and "untimely." In response, King drafted a furious rebuttal that emerged as the "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In "Gospel of Freedom," Jonathan Rieder delves deeper into the Letter, illuminating both its timeless message and its crucial position in the history of civil rights.
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America
by Nick Kotz Details
Initially suspicious of one another, Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. were thrust together in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Sensing a historic opportunity, both men began a delicate dance of accommodation that moved them, and the entire nation, toward the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In this first full account of the working relationship between Johnson and King, Nick Kotz offers a detailed, surprising account that significantly enriches our understanding of both men and their time.
Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington
by Kitty Kelley Details
In August of 1963, despite the heat and humidity, people came in droves from across the country and around the world, heading for the towering spire of the Washington Monument. Stanley Tretick, a seasoned photojournalist best known for his iconic images of President Kennedy and his family, was also in the crowd, drawing inspiration from the historic scenes unfolding before him. In "Let Freedom Ring," Tretick's stirring photographs of the March on Washington are published for the first time.
Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
by Thomas J. Sugrue Details
Until recently, the struggle for racial equality in the North has been a footnote in most discussions about civil rights in America. "Sweet Land of Liberty" is an epic, revelatory account of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South, and of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York.
The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act
by Clay Risen Details
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history. This one law so dramatically altered American society that, looking back, it seems preordained--as Everett Dirksen, the GOP leader in the Senate and a key supporter of the bill, said, "no force is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." But there was nothing predestined about the victory: a phalanx of powerful senators, pledging to "fight to the death" for segregation, launched the longest filibuster in American history to defeat it."--Amazon
The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement
by Taylor Branch Details
"The King Years" brings to life eighteen pivotal dramas, beginning with the impromptu speech on the first night of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott that turned an untested, 26-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. into a public figure and ending with Mississippi's 1964 Freedom Summer, when a decade-long movement at last secured the first of several landmark laws for equal rights.
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
by Gene Roberts Details
"The Race Beat" is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation longing for unity in the aftermath of World War II came instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South--and the brutality used to enforce it. It is the story of how the nation's press, after decades of ignoring the issue, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the 20th century.
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
by M. J. O'Brien Details
Once in a great while, a photograph captures the essence of an era: Three people, one black and two white, demonstrate for equality at a lunch counter while a horde of cigarette-smoking hotshots pour catsup, sugar, and other condiments on the protesters' heads. The Woolworth's sit-in was a demonstration without precedent in Mississippi--one that set the stage for much that would follow in the changing dynamics of the state's racial politics, particularly in its capital city.
Updated 04/08/2015
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