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Let Freedom Ring: A Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

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Overview

This book traces the story of the civil rights movement through the written and spoken words of those who participated in it. It includes both classic texts, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech and his Letter from Birmingham Jail, and lesser-known gems, such as Robert Moses' Letter from a Mississippi Jail Cell and James Lawson's address to SNCC's 1960 founding meeting.

This is a documentary collection that has been needed for a long time. The burgeoning interest in the civil rights movement argues for such a work, and the need to have the experience of the movement in the participants' own words demands it. Words counted during the civil rights movement, and Levy's collection . . . is the best and most accessible. Randall M. Miller Professor of History Director of American Studies Saint Joseph's University

Drawing on research by recent scholars, the volume emphasizes the role that ordinary people played in the struggle for freedom and equality and also displays the breadth of the civil rights movement. It contains documents written by members of all the well-known civil rights organizations: SCLC, NAACP, SNCC, CORE, and the Black Panther Party. It includes pieces written by independent and relatively unknown figures, such as Jo Ann Gibson Robinson and Sheyann Webb. In addition, it includes documents demonstrating the ferocity of white resistance to black equality, such as George Wallace's 1963 Inaugural Address. The book fills a void, providing a balanced single-volume reader on the civil rights movement. It will be valuable to all those interested in Afro-American history, race relations, the 1960s, and recent American history.

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Editorial Reviews

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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."

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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 featured.) 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.-- A.O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275934347
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER B. LEVY is an assistant professor of history at York College in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Anticipating the Movement

Desegregating the Schools

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides

The Fires of Discord

Birmingham and the Great March

Mississippi: Opening the Closed Society

Selma: The Bridge to Freedom

Black Power

The Civil Rights Movement and the Other Movements

White Resistance

The Struggle Continues

Appendix: Statistical Profile of Black America

Suggested Readings

Index

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