Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement

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"Weary Feet, Rested Souls is a valuable and beautiful road map to a landscape we must not forget."—Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund
Thirty years after the Civil Rights Movement transformed America, Weary Feet, Rested Souls brings the landscape of this compelling period of history back to life. Logging 30,000 miles of research and more than 100 hours of interviews with Civil Rights veterans, Townsend Davis has written both a history of the struggle and an indispensable traveler's ...

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Overview

"Weary Feet, Rested Souls is a valuable and beautiful road map to a landscape we must not forget."—Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund
Thirty years after the Civil Rights Movement transformed America, Weary Feet, Rested Souls brings the landscape of this compelling period of history back to life. Logging 30,000 miles of research and more than 100 hours of interviews with Civil Rights veterans, Townsend Davis has written both a history of the struggle and an indispensable traveler's guidebook to Civil Rights in the Deep South. Ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s childhood neighborhood to Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three Civil Rights workers were murdered, to Selma and Birmingham and scores of other sites, Weary Feet, Rested Souls is a uniquely inspiring and deeply commemorative guide to the Movement and its heroes.

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Editorial Reviews

David J. Garrow
“No other book on the movement offers a better 'sense of place,' and Weary Feet will allow you to follow in the footsteps of movement marchers all the way from Arkansas to North Carolina. Weary Feet is a moving and accurate guide, and an invaluable contribution to civil rights history.”
Jason Berry
Thanks in part to the book's superb graphic design, it advances a visual approach to historical memory that succeeds well. -- New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
What Charles Blockson did in The Hippocrene Guide to the Underground Railroad Hippocrene, 1994 in mapping escape routes from slavery, New York City writer and lawyer Davis does for the Civil Rights movement in the South from 1954 to 1968. Wending a path through Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, Davis marks sites of battles against segregation and of bases for building civil equality for black Americans. He sets the scene with maps and sketches of local history and adds human interest with boxed vignettes, photos, and updates of movement participants. An appendix of historic sites and a chronology reinforce both the focus on place and a sense of time in the movement. An engaging popular history and suitable travel companion, this book is recommended for collections for young adults or on civil rights, the contemporary United States, blacks, or the South.Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318197
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 438
  • Sales rank: 1,024,229
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Townsend Davis is a writer and lawyer living in New York City. His articles have appeared in the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and the Charlotte Observer.

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Table of Contents

Common Acronyms 9
Introduction 11
Acknowledgments 17
Alabama
Montgomery: The Bus Boycott and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 21
Birmingham: From "Bombingham" to Project C 53
Selma: Bloody Sunday and the March to Montgomery 88
Perry County: The Martyrdom of Jimmie Lee Jackson 121
Lowndes County: Birth of the Black Panther 124
Arkansas
Little Rock: Federal Troops Escort the Little Rock Nine 133
Georgia
Atlanta: Leadership from Sweet Auburn to West Hunter 139
Albany: Putting the Plantation to the Test 162
Savannah: Local Movement by the Sea 179
Mississippi
General: Transformation of the Magnolia State 191
Jackson: Capital in the Eye of the Storm 205
McComb: Moses Leads the First Mass Voting Drive 230
Oxford: Jeeps on the Campus of Ole Miss 243
The Delta: Outposts in the Land of the Lost 250
Greenwood: Hard Lessons in the Delta 271
Meridian: The Final Days of Chaney and Schwerner 286
Philadelphia: A Search Leads to an Earthen Dam 291
Hattiesburg: Vernon Dahmer's Courageous Stand 299
North Carolina
Greensboro: More than a Cup of Coffee 309
Raleigh: The Rise and Fall of SNCC 313
South Carolina
Charleston/Johns Island: The Citizenship Schools 319
Orangeburg: The Other Kent State 331
Tennessee
New Market: Movement Haven in the Mountains 343
Nashville: The University of Nonviolence 347
Memphis: A Strike for Dignity - Assassination 361
Chronology 381
Civil Rights Laws 385
App: Map Index 387
App The Historical Sites 389
Endnotes 401
Selected Sources 403
Index 420
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