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

Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, John Lewis, Marion Barry, Bob Zellner, Diane Nash: their lives recall a decade when a small number of idealistic American youths forever changed history. Forcefully written and deeply researched, The Shadows of Youth spans the tumultuous decades from World War II to the present, weaving a collective biography of the

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Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, John Lewis, Marion Barry, Bob Zellner, Diane Nash: their lives recall a decade when a small number of idealistic American youths forever changed history. Forcefully written and deeply researched, The Shadows of Youth spans the tumultuous decades from World War II to the present, weaving a collective biography of the young activists who - under the banner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s - challenged the way Americans think about civil rights, politics, and moral obligations. And the historian Andrew B. Lewis establishes that it was these young Americans, assuming the central role in defining the civil rights movement, who ensured that it was finally victorious.

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

Pt. 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

Pt. II Shadows of Youth

7 Unravelings: A Generation Comes Apart 179

8 Angry Young Men in the Season of Radical Chic: The Buck 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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