The River of No Return: The Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC / Edition 1

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Among histories of the civil rights movement of the 1960s there are few personal narratives better than this one. Besides being an insider's account of the rise and fall of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, it is an eyewitness report of the strategies and the conflicts in the crucial battle zones as the fight for racial justice raged across the South.

This memoir by Cleveland Sellers, a SNCC volunteer, traces his zealous commitment to activism from the time of the sit-ins, demonstrations, and freedom rides in the early '60s. In a narrative encompassing the Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964), the historic march in Selma, the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, and the murders of civil rights activists in Mississippi, he recounts the turbulent history of SNCC and tells the powerful story of his own no-return dedication to the cause of civil rights and social change.

The River of No Return is acclaimed as a book that is destined to become a standard text for those wishing to perceive the civil rights struggle from within the ranks of one of its key organizations and to note the divisive history of the movement as groups striving for common goals were embroiled in conflict and controversy.

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The River of No Return is, quite simply, one of the two or three most important books to come out of the Civil Rights Movement. [Sellers's] book is as timely now as it was when he wrote it."--John Dittmer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878054749
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    RECOMMENDED READING

    THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT BOOK! I'LL PROBABLY READ IT AGAIN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Excellent Book

    I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about the history you do not hear about in school. It also reveals some other great black americans and how they got there start.Great Book

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