To Redeem the Soul of America: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr. / Edition 1

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Overview

To Redeem the Soul of America looks beyond the towering figure of Martin Luther King, Jr., to disclose the full workings of the organization that supported him. As Adam Fairclough reveals the dynamics within the Southern Christian Leadership Conference he shows how Julian Bond, Jesse Jackson, Wyatt Walker, Andrew Young, and others also played a hand in the triumphs of Selma and Birmingham and the frustrations of Albany and Chicago. Joining a charismatic leader with an inspired group of activists, the SCLC built a bridge from the black proletariat to the white liberal elite and then, finally, to the halls of Congress and the White House.

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"Wholly absorbing . . . Fairclough is an accomplished writer who succeeds in capturing the fear, the exhilaration, the sense of moral ascendancy that energized the early years of the civil rights movement."—Los Angeles Times

"Splendid . . . One of the finest investigations yet produced of these events that have so decisively altered southern, and American, history."—Journal of Southern History

"Gracefully written . . . Helpful precisely because it allows the remarkable circle of King's talented lieutenants—many of them with highly combustible egos—to step onto center stage.”—Journal of American History

"Fairclough's splendidly researched, cogently articulated study may well represent the finest single piece of published scholarship on the American Civil Rights Movement. Portraying the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as much more (and sometimes less) than an organizational extension of Martin Luther King Jr., British scholar Fairclough has provided a compelling analysis of SCLC's strengths and shortcomings . . . Fairclough's analyses of the essential isolation of the NAACP, the campaign by J. Edgar Hoover to discredit King, and the key roles played by such northern progressive intellectuals as Bayard Rustin and Stanley Levison are enlightening and marvelously evenhanded. Put simply, this seminal study belongs on the shelves of every public and academic library."—Choice

"Of three major recent studies of King this one most fully examines the organization that grew up around the civil rights leader. . . . Appearing in the shadow of Garrow's massive work [Bearing the Cross], Fairclough's may be overlooked. It should not be, for it also is a well-written narrative based on extensive research. Library Journal

Library Journal
Of three major recent studies of King this one most fully examines the organization that grew up around the civil rights leader. Thus, it complements Stephen Oates's Let the Trumpet Sound (LJ 7/82) and David Garrow's Bearing the Cross (LJ 12/86), both of which depict the SCLC primarily as a function of King's personality and leadership. Fairclough gives both secondary figures and local leaders fair treatment. At times, he even seems to bend over backwards to make his point that King was not the entire movement. Nonetheless, King's name is found on virtually every page. Appearing in the shadow of Garrow's massive work, Fairclough's may be overlooked. It should not be, for it also is a well-written narrative based on extensive research. Charles K. Piehl, Dir. of Grants and Sponsored Progs., Mankato State Univ., Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820323466
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536

Meet the Author

Adam Fairclough is the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of History and Culture of the United States at Leiden University. His books include Martin Luther King, Jr., To Redeem the Soul of America, Teaching Equality, Race and Democracy, and The Star Creek Papers (all available from Georgia).

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Preachers and the People: The Origins of SCLC 11
2 The Fallow Years: 1957-1959 37
3 Sit-ins and Freedom Rides 57
4 First Battle: The Albany Campaign 85
5 Breakthrough at Birmingham 111
6 Summer of Discontent, Autumn of Tragedy 141
7 Desegregation: Keeping Up the Pressure 163
8 All the Way with LBJ 193
9 Selma 225
10 The Crisis of Victory 253
11 Defeat in Chicago 279
12 "Black Power!" 309
13 The Politics of Peace 333
14 Mobilizing the Poor 357
15 The Abernathy Years 385
Afterword 407
Notes 423
Chronology 497
Index 511
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