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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

Uses speeches, articles, and other writings of those involved to trace the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, primarily from 1954 to 1965.

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School Library Journal
YA-Letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and other primary sources are used to chronicle the civil rights movement in the U.S. from 1954-1965. In addition to the chronologically arranged text, more information is packaged concisely in the appendixes: pertinent documents, biographical sketches, acronyms for movement organizations, and maps of sites and events.
Zom Zoms
This work, as with others in the Eyewitness History series for young adults, aims to assist readers in the development of their historical imagination by providing direct quotations from selected documents of a period. Thus, one can read Rosa Parks' description of her weariness and resistance on that momentous bus ride or learn what it was like for Melba Patillo to be escorted into Central High School as one of nine black students accompanied by 22 soldiers. The excerpts are drawn from such primary sources as memoirs, diaries, letters, and news articles. An eloquent foreword by Julian Bond, a participant in the civil rights movement, reminds readers of the countless "ordinary women and men" who laid the groundwork for a national consensus for reform The chapters are arranged chronologically beginning with the origins of the movement after the Civil War. Each chapter opens with a brief summary of the period followed by a "Chronicle of Events." The bulk of each chapter consists of a large number of quotations from eyewitness accounts, accompanied by black-and-white photographs. Extensive appendixes contain documents, such as the Thirteenth Amendment and the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Rights; brief biographies of major persons referred to in the text; acronyms; maps of sites; and an extensive bibliography of the sources quoted There is sometimes oversimplification in the "Chronicle of Events" section in chapters. For example, it is misleading to give a single date and place for the founding of the Klan when this organization had three separate foundings This timely source complements "The Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Present" ["RBB" Ag 92] and "The Negro Almanac: A Reference Work on the African American" (5th ed., Gale, 1991), both of which are better organized for checking specific facts. A similar book in the words of activists themselves is "Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories" by Ellen Levine (Putnam, 1993) This very readable source deserves a place in every public and middle and high school library, though it may fit better in the circulating collection. The honest, angry, thoughtful, and sad words can be read by individuals of any age. The intention of the author to bring the reader into the historical moment is admirably realized.
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Covers the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, 1954-1965, offering first-hand accounts of events from letters, speeches, articles, and press statements, from figures including Martin Luther King, Jr.; Thurgood Marshall; and Rosa Parks. Chapters on major turning points such as the Emmett Till case and the Voting Rights Act include introductory essays and chronologies, with some 80 b&w photos; some 100 capsule biographies; and documents such as the Brown v. Board of Education decision. For undergraduates and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816027484
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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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. An Eyewitness History of the Civil Rights Movement covers the key years of 1954-1965 in detail and provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the movement, drawn from letters, speeches, newspaper editorials, and press statements. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those from: Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, and many more.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Eyewitness History Series
Introduction
1 The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: 1865-1948 1
2 School Desegregation and the Brown v. Board of Education Decision: 1949-1954 29
3 The Emmett Till Case: 1955 53
4 The Montgomery Bus Boycott: 1955-1957 67
5 The Crisis at Central High: 1957-1959 87
6 The Sit-ins and Freedom Rides: 1960-1961 109
7 The Albany Movement and James Meredith at Ole Miss: 1961-1962 137
8 Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Spring 1963 161
9 The March on Washington: 1963 177
10 Freedom Summer: 1964 195
11 Selma and the Votings Rights Act: 1965 215
12 The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement 243
Appendix A: Documents 267
Appendix B: Biographies of Major Personalities 305
Appendix C: Acronyms 329
Appendix D: Maps 331
Bibliography 337
Credits 349
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    Eyewitness

    This book is very important for all Americans. When I first read this book I was truly amazed at the pictures and the conversations that took place during this turbulent history. Let's not forget folks. Great book.

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