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"Historian Levy has collected and organized 95 documents covering the African-American civil rights movement from the early 1940s through the 1980s, concluding with a very helpful statistical appendix. He has mined a variety of sources, including speeches, sermons, essays, court cases, affidavits, memoirs, and commission reports. The book contains the words of the mighty--Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, et al.--but also the testimony of the less famous, the field workers and foot soldiers of the movement. (With few exceptions, African Americans rather than their white allies are features.) Although the collection emphasizes progress, it also recognizes continuing economic inequities. Broader in coverage and types of sources than Howell Raines's My Soul Is Rested (LJ 9/1/77), this is a readable, valuable collection. Highly recommended as supplemental reading in appropriate courses and for most libraries."