The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation

The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation

by Andrew B. Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809085984

ISBN-13: 9780809085989

Pub. Date: 10/27/2009

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Through the lives of Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, Bob Zellner, Julian Bond, Marion Barry, John Lewis, and their contemporaries, The Shadows of Youth provides a carefully woven group biography of the activists who—under the banner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—challenged the way Americans think about civil rights,

Overview

Through the lives of Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, Bob Zellner, Julian Bond, Marion Barry, John Lewis, and their contemporaries, The Shadows of Youth provides a carefully woven group biography of the activists who—under the banner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—challenged the way Americans think about civil rights, politics, and moral obligation in an unjust democracy. A wealth of original sources and oral interviews allows the historian Andrew B. Lewis to recover the sweeping narrative of the civil rights movement, from its origins in the youth culture of the 1950s to the near present.

The teenagers who spontaneously launched sit-ins across the South in the summer of 1960 became the SNCC activists and veterans without whom the civil rights movement could not have succeeded. The Shadows of Youth replaces a story centered on the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. with one that unearths the cultural currents that turned a disparate group of young adults into, in Nash's term, skilled freedom fighters. Their dedication to radical democratic possibility was transformative. In the trajectory of their lives, from teenager to adult, is visible the entire arc of the most decisive era of the American civil rights movement, and The Shadows of Youth for the first time establishes the centrality of their achievement in the movement's accomplishments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809085989
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.24(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Freedom High 3

Part I Qualities of Youth

1 Sure Bugs Me: The Civil Rights Generation and the Failures of the 1950s 17

2 Generation Gaps: The Civil Rights Generation and the Promise of the 1950s 38

3 The Sit-in Craze: How the Movement Got its Groove Back 63

4 More than a Hamburger: From Student Protesters to Civil Rights Activists 83

5 Highway 61 Revisited: Inroads in the Deep South 112

6 The Dreams that Break Your Heart: Freedom Summer 144

Part II Shadows of Youth

7 Unravelings: A Generation Comes Apart 179

8 Angry Young Men in the Season of Radical Chic: The Black Power Moment 207

9 Exiles: The Ennui of Victory 234

10 The Power Brokers: Sncc Alumni and the Making of Black Political Power 255

11 Idols: The Civil Rights Generation in Power 285

Notes 307

Bibliography 329

Acknowledgments 337

Index 341

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