No other book about the civil rights movement captures the drama and impact of the black struggle for equality better than Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945–1968. Two of the most respected scholars of African-American history, Steven F. Lawson and Charles M. Payne, examine the individuals who made the movement a success, both at the highest level of government and in the grassroots trenches. Designed specifically for college and university courses in American history, this is the best introduction available to the glory and agony of these turbulent times. Carefully chosen primary documents augment each essay giving students the opportunity to interpret the historical record themselves and engage in meaningful discussion. In this revised and updated edition, Lawson and Payne have included additional analysis on the legacy of Martin Luther King and added important new documents.
About the Author
Steven F. Lawson is professor of history at Rutgers University and author of Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941.Charles M. Payne is Sally Dalton Robinson professor of history, African American studies and sociology and director of the African and African-American Studies Program at Duke University. He is the author of I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.
Table of Contents
Part I: Debating the Civil Rights Movement: The View from the Nation
Chapter 1: Excerpt from To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights (1947)
Chapter 2: '96 Congressmen's Declaration of Integration (March 11, 1956)
Chapter 3: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Situation in Little Rock (September 24, 1957)
Chapter 4: Excerpts from Hearings before the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Montgomery, Alabama (December 8 and 9, 1958)
Chapter 5: Memorandum to Mr. Belmont from A. Rosen Concerning the Racial Situation in Albany, Georgia (January 17, 1963)
Chapter 6: Memorandum to the Attorney General from the Director of the FBI Concerning the Racial Situation in Albany, Georgia (January 18, 1963)
Chapter 7: John F. Kennedy's Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights (June 11, 1963)
Chapter 8: Letter from Wiley A. Branton, Project Director, Voter Education Project, to Dr. Aaron Henry and Mr. Robert Moses (November 12, 1963)
Chapter 9: Lyndon B. Johnson's Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise (March 15, 1965)
Chapter 10: Excerpt from Tom Wicker's Introduction to the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (March 1968)
Chapter 11: "Where do we go from here?"
Part II: Debating the Civil Rights Movement: The View from the Trenches
Chapter 12: Excerpt from Ella J. Baker's Bigger Than a Hamburger (June 1960)
Chapter 13: Handbill, Albany Nonviolent Movement (November 9, 1961)
Chapter 14: Chronology of Violence and Intimidation in Mississippi, 1961 (1963)
Chapter 15: Student Voice Editorial and Cartoon on the FBI (November 25, 1964)
Chapter 16: Poster from East Selma, Alabama, from the Student Voice (August 30, 1965)
Chapter 17: An Interview with Eldridge Steptoe
Chapter 18: "This Transformation of People": An Interview with Bob Moses
Chapter 19: An Interview with Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
What People are Saying About This
This splendid analytic treatment of the civil rights era should be required reading for undergraduates and scholars alike.
An important book that forces us to rethink the meaning of leadership in the most significant movement for social change in 20th century America.