The Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

The Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

by Sanford Wexler, Introduction By Julian B Sanford Wexler
     
 

ISBN-10: 081602748X

ISBN-13: 9780816027484

Pub. Date: 08/28/1993

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

The civil rights movement that spanned the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 marked a watershed period for human rights in America. Julian Bond, former communications director of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), notes in his introduction that "the words 'civil rights'…  See more details below

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The civil rights movement that spanned the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 marked a watershed period for human rights in America. Julian Bond, former communications director of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), notes in his introduction that "the words 'civil rights' summon up memories and images in modern minds of grainy television footage of packed mass meetings, firehoses and police dogs, of early-1960s peaceful protestors replaced over time by violent rioters, of soul-stirring oratory and bold actions, of assassination and death." The civil rights movement was also a movement of courage, of perseverance, of strength and of triumph. Its eyewitnesses and its many participants saw the Montgomery Bus Boycott, school integration, the freedom rides, the march on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Movement covers the key years 1954-1965 in detail. It also traces the roots of the civil rights movement to the 19th century in the years following the Emancipation Proclamation through the Reconstruction period, with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the denial of basic rights to blacks. The Civil Rights Movement, the latest volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the movement - from letters, speeches, newspaper editorials and press statements, which illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those from Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, President Lyndon Johnson, Stokely Carmichael, Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes such critical documents as the Formation of the NAACP, the Brown v. Board of

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816027484
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Series:
Eyewitness History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.26(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Eyewitness History Series
Introduction
1The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: 1865-19481
2School Desegregation and the Brown v. Board of Education Decision: 1949-195429
3The Emmett Till Case: 195553
4The Montgomery Bus Boycott: 1955-195767
5The Crisis at Central High: 1957-195987
6The Sit-ins and Freedom Rides: 1960-1961109
7The Albany Movement and James Meredith at Ole Miss: 1961-1962137
8Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Spring 1963161
9The March on Washington: 1963177
10Freedom Summer: 1964195
11Selma and the Votings Rights Act: 1965215
12The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement243
Appendix A: Documents267
Appendix B: Biographies of Major Personalities305
Appendix C: Acronyms329
Appendix D: Maps331
Bibliography337
Credits349
Index351

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