“This book does far more than trace the social and political careers of black and white student civil rights activists and their nonactivist counterparts over a quarter of a century. In a brilliant but at times painful conclusion, Fendrich analyzes both the importance and the relative powerlessness of these activists in an era of political conservatism. Personally empowered by their early experiences, they have continued to struggle to extend democracy, even though neither of the national parties espouses the ideals they still cherish. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of social movements.” Lewis M. Killian, author of Impossible Revolution, Phase II
“This research fills an important gap in our knowledge and understanding of the civil rights movement on college campuses and the consequences for the activists. Those who read it seriously will have some of the favorite myths about activists destroyed. The author has made an important contribution to the sociology of social movements and to race relations research and theory. I think this will be a very important book.” Edgar G. Epps, University of Chicago
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James Max Fendrich is Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.
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