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A Traveler's Guide To The Civil Rights Movement

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In 2004, the United States will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. As our country begins a national retrospective of the civil rights movement, here is the perfect book to help explore the long struggle toward racial equality. Part guidebook, part civil rights primer, A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement memorializes the years 1954 to 1965 as well as the vast, underappreciated black history from which our modern civil rights movement began....

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Overview

In 2004, the United States will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. As our country begins a national retrospective of the civil rights movement, here is the perfect book to help explore the long struggle toward racial equality. Part guidebook, part civil rights primer, A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement memorializes the years 1954 to 1965 as well as the vast, underappreciated black history from which our modern civil rights movement began.
More than five million people visit civil rights and black history landmarks each year, from the National Voting Rights Museum and the King Center to lesser-known spots such as slave auction sites and the locations of crucial marches and boycotts. This guide provides suggested state and city tours of these historic places and offers thoughtful commentary on the importance of each landmark, giving us a unique lens through which to view one of America's most important social movements.

Includes suggested state and city tours in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"What a great idea. A thoughtful, insightful and intelligent travel guide."
Detroit Free Press
"An excellent resource for anyone who wants to plan a trip centered around that important period in American history."
Austin-American Statesman
"A record of courage, conviction and social change. A good book to have, even if you never leave your armchair."
Library Journal
What a wonderful book! Issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, this tribute to the history of the Civil Rights movement can serve as both a travel guide and a primary reference source for anyone doing research on the subject. All the well-known sites are listed here: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace, Medgar Evers's home, and Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, where four little girls were killed. What makes this book an excellent source is the attention given to lesser-known leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, such as Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Charles Sherrod, and Septima Poinsette Clark, among others. The histories of ten Southern states are covered in detail, while Northern and border states are covered in one chapter. The book also includes an incredibly thorough bibliography that could very well serve as a buying guide to libraries needing more African American history materials. This unique book definitely belongs in every library, with one copy for reference and several for checkout.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156026970
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Carrier is an award-winning journalist and author of seven books, including The Ship and the Storm. He has written for National Geographic, SAIL, and the New York Times. From 1999-2001, he worked for Morris Dees at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he created and developed their Web site. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2004

    A wonderful book!

    This book is fascinating even if you never leave home. It's both a travel guide and a reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. But it's not limited to modern times; like many historians, the author takes the view that the struggle for civil rights began the moment the first enslaved African set foot on these shores and tried to break free. And it continued anywhere that people fought for dignity and equality. Consequently, the sites described here include sites of slave rebellions, legal battles, Underground Railroad safe houses, historially black colleges, churches, museums...even the minor league stadium in Florida where Jackie Robinson broke through the color line. I particularly enjoyed the author's honest and opinionated style. Black history has been overshadowed by white interpretation for a very long time, even in locations where the majority population was black. Visit a Southern plantation and you will learn about the lifestyle of the owners, but very little about the slaves who made that lifestyle possible. You may ogle the beautiful handcrafted furniture, yet never be told that a black artisan created it. He notes that much depends on which particular docent you end up with. Regarding Monticello, he says '...some guides more comfortable with the old Jefferson story of his inventions and quirks acknowledge the Hemings affair in clipped tones. Others discuss it volubly.' The National Park Service is among those working toward a more inclusive interpretation of their historic sites, and Carrier tells us when changes are planned. He provides web sites for further study. He also writes about planned memorials. Women are equally represented here. For example, he notes that the Montgomery bus boycott was Jo Ann Robinson's brainchild and that a 'reluctant' Martin Luther King Jr. was brought in to head the movement the day after the Women's Political Caucus had distributed leaflets to every business and church in town. He also notes that despite black women's long history of struggle for civil rights, the male leadership refused to allow any to speak at the 1963 March on Washington...in fact, Coretta King and other wives weren't wasn't even allowed to march with their husbands. '...after all their work and sacrifice, deliverate rebuff by male activists was unforgivable' he says. A book that belongs in every high school library!

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