Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Moment / Edition 2

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Hope and History is an eloquent, informed, and impassioned call to remember and to share the story of "the civil rights movements." Drawing on his extensive experience as a participant-historian in the movement, Harding focuses on the profound significance of the freedom struggle for our lives as citizens today. In this new edition, Harding includes a "Letter to my Brother, My Son, the President," reflecting on the election of President Barack Obama and drawing connections between his accomplishment and the broad history that lay behind it. That great struggle for freedom and transformation emerges as a continuing human classic whose liberating lessons are available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570758577
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 937,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface to the Second Edition: Making Democracy a Reality xiii

Introduction: Moving beyond the Boundaries 1

1 Signs ... Signs ... Turn Visible Again: The Transformative Uses of Biography 11

2 Advanced Ideas about Democracy: Rediscovering Humanity's Great Lessons at Home 22

3 More Power Than We Know: Recollecting the Young Warriors 47

4 Fighting for Freedom with Church Fans: To Know What Religion Means 63

5 "God's Appeal to This Age": The Search for Alternatives to Violence 76

6 Gifts of the Black Movement: Toward "A New Birth of Freedom" 87

7 Poets, Musicians, and Magicians: Prophetic Black Artists of the New Creation 104

8 Doing the Right Thing in Mississippi and Brooklyn: How Shall We Connect? 128

9 In Search of the World: A Geography of Freedom 138

10 Is America Possible?: The Land That Never Has Been Yet 147

11 One Final, Soaring Hope: Building the Campgrounds of Renewal 158

12 Letters to Teachers in Religious Communities and Institutions 167

13 Our Children Are Waiting for the Music: A Letter to My Brother and Son, the President 190

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 209

Index 219

About the Author 223

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