"My Mind Set on Freedom": A History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968

by John A. Salmond
     
 

A compact, remarkably successful narrative history of the civil rights movement, 1954-1968, chronicling the major events, describing the key players, and showing how the revolution transformed the American South. American Ways Series.

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A compact, remarkably successful narrative history of the civil rights movement, 1954-1968, chronicling the major events, describing the key players, and showing how the revolution transformed the American South. American Ways Series.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
A fine, well-rounded history.... This makes a fine introduction for any interested in civil rights events.
Journal of American History
A lively and compact narrative...any curious reader will be well served by this tightly organized book.
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Can the U.S. Civil Rights movement be captured in less than 200 pages? Salmond, an Australian history professor and author of five previous books including Gastonia, 1929, shows that it can. From the anti-segregation landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 to the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and the subsequent passage of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, Salmond packs it all in. A brief preface and dense first chapter set the stage, beginning at the end of the Civil War. From 1954 on, Salmond manages a surprising amount of detail in such a small space. King is the central figure, as seems fitting, but other major and minor players are given their due. The book's thematic chapters inevitably overlap with the overall chronological arrangement, resulting in occasional repetitions. Thus, Ella Baker founds SNCC about a third of the way through and then again 20 pages later, etc. The concluding chapter assesses the movement's impact on the South-the main setting for most of the action-but northern and western states are scarcely even mentioned. Salmond's commentary throughout is astute but unobtrusive, always returning to the larger picture when analyzing the impact of a demonstration or speech or vote. Most impressive is his ability to capture excitement, anger and fear in such a slim volume. If you're after footnotes and minutiae-and photographs-keep looking. But this condensed history, based on an extensive bibliography, is a powerful education that deserves a wide audience.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Can the U.S. Civil Rights movement be captured in less than 200 pages? Salmond, an Australian history professor and author of five previous books including Gastonia, 1929, shows that it can. From the anti-segregation landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 to the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and the subsequent passage of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, Salmond packs it all in. A brief preface and dense first chapter set the stage, beginning at the end of the Civil War. From 1954 on, Salmond manages a surprising amount of detail in such a small space. King is the central figure, as seems fitting, but other major and minor players are given their due. The book's thematic chapters inevitably overlap with the overall chronological arrangement, resulting in occasional repetitions. Thus, Ella Baker founds SNCC about a third of the way through and then again 20 pages later, etc. The concluding chapter assesses the movement's impact on the Souththe main setting for most of the actionbut northern and western states are scarcely even mentioned. Salmond's commentary throughout is astute but unobtrusive, always returning to the larger picture when analyzing the impact of a demonstration or speech or vote. Most impressive is his ability to capture excitement, anger and fear in such a slim volume. If you're after footnotes and minutiaeand photographskeep looking. But this condensed history, based on an extensive bibliography, is a powerful education that deserves a wide audience. (May)
Booknews
Charts the course of the American Civil Rights movement from 1954 to 1968, with background on the first stirrings of the movement in the 1930s and the WWII era. Covers court decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, opposition to the movement, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, and explains factors leading to the collapse of the movement. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631402
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
American Ways Series
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.81(d)

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