Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968 (Debating 20th Century America Series) / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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. Written by two of the most respected scholars of African-American history, Steven F. Lawson and Charles 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.
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. He lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Charles Payne is professor of history and African-American studies at Duke University and author of I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle. Payne lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Introduction 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)
Part II: Debating the Civil Rights Movement: The View from the Trenches Chapter 11: Excerpt from Ella J. Baker’s “Bigger Than a Hamburger” (June 1960)
Chapter 12: Handbill, Albany Nonviolent Movement (November 9, 1961)
Chapter 13: Chronology of Violence and Intimidation in Mississippi, 1961 (1963)
Chapter 14: Student Voice Editorial and Cartoon on the FBI (November 25, 1964)
Chapter 15: Poster from East Selma, Alabama, from the Student Voice (August 30, 1965)
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.