The book treats the civil rights revolution and resistance not as dusty history but as the best and worst of American culture. — Bob Minzesheimer
Anyone interested in recent U.S. history, in the Civil Rights Movement, in photojournalism, or even in what b/w photography can aspire to should read this book, and every library should own it. The author was a photographer for LIFE magazine whose photographs—more than those of any other single photographer—defined the country's perception of the struggle for Civil Rights in the South. Many of his photographs are famous and will be recognized by anyone of a certain age. For young readers they will bring alive the struggle for civil rights in a way that is as powerful as the events they record. Here are all the gripping photographs of the Freedom March of 1963, of the Birmingham boycott, of James Meredith attempting to enroll at the University of Mississippi, of Martin Luther King, Jr., of black children being hosed and beaten by white policemen. The photographs of the Ku Klux Klan are a chilling reminder of a recent past that must never be forgotten. It is difficult to put into words the powerful impact that almost any one of these photographs produces. They are simply amazing photographs, photographs that graphically demonstrate both the villainy and heroism of an era. To illustrate this I opened the book at random, to pages 54-55. A white law officer demonstrates to fellow officers how to swing a billy club at demonstrators. It's the smile on his face, the laughter on the face of an officer next to him that fixes the attention. It's a photograph one cannot stop looking at. All the photographs in this book are like this. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Univ. of Alabama Press, 207p.illus. index., John Rosser
Moore's unrelenting photos of the horrors of racism in the American South are no less shocking today as when they were first published in the 1960s, capturing those atrocities better than words ever could. These photos made-and quite possibly changed-history. (LJ 5/1/02) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"[This book] contains many images that will be wrenchingly familiar to those who lived through this proud moral turning point in American history."
New York Times Book Review
"Powerful Days is powerful stuff. The freedom marchers look as heroic as Iwo Jima Marines fighting their way up a mountain-which is just what they had to do."
"Every once in a while we receive a well-documented treasure of American history. This collection is such a treasure. . . . [Moore's] black-and-white photos of that era are classics of photojournalism, and as Powerful Days documents, those classics have lost none of their force and energy."