Martin Luther King Jr. / Edition 1

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Overview

Combining the latest insights from KIng biographies and movement histories, this book provides an up-to-date critical analysis of the relationship between King and the wider civil rights movement. Delivering a fresh perspective on the relationship between 'the man and the movement', Kirk argues that it is the interactionbetween national and local movement concerns that is essential to understanding King's leadership and black activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Kirk examines King's strengths and his limitations, and weighs the role that king played in then movement alongside the contributions of other civil rights organizations and leaders, and local civil rights activists.

Suitable for undergraduate courses in 20th century US history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"the finest brief biography of King currently on the market"

Patterns of Prejudice

"… a very fine introduction to the major themes of the civil rights movement"

Institute of Historical Research

"John A. Kirk's study achieves its aim of contextualizing King's contribution to the civil rights movement and evaluating his career."

Journal of American Studies, Volume 39 - 2005

“The book would work as a supplemental text in survey courses or other classes that emphasize political history, leadership, government or the civil rights movement. Gives readers a glimpse of the political leadership of Martin Luther King Jr”.

S. Jonathan Bass, Samford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582414310
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/3/2004
  • Series: Profiles In Power Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John A. Kirk is senior lecturer in American history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is author of Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002), which won the J. G. Ragsdale book award. He has also published numerous articles and essays on the civil rights movement in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: King in Context 1. Becoming a Leader, 1929-1956 2. Catching Up, 1956-1961 3. Forming a Strategy, 1961-3 4. Glory Bound, 1963-4 5. A Movement in Transition, 1965-6 6. New Directions, 1966-1968

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