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Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63

Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63

Taylor Branch

Language: English

Pages: 1088

ISBN: 0671687425

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.

Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.

Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War.

Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness and illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder.

Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages.

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attendant to major stories. An artist prepared a strikingly handsome, close-up portrait of King to fill most of the space within the celebrated red borders of Time’s cover. The Time story established King as a permanent fixture of American mass culture. The New York Times Magazine soon followed with a history of the boycott, which was mostly about King, and NBC’s Lawrence Spivak invited him to become the second Negro ever to appear on “Meet the Press.” After the boycott, the mantle of fame fell

women wore stockings and gloves as they rode off to be booked. Nearly all the seventy-seven students arrested identified themselves on the police blotter merely by the name of their college. The Atlanta protest lasted only one day before being smothered under the combined influence of the Negro and white power structures, who appealed for reason and negotiation. Some student leaders complained bitterly of vanity and obstructionism on the part of their elders. C. A. Scott, editor of the Atlanta

considerable fame as a champion of the auto workers and Negro migrants struggling to survive in Henry Ford’s town after World War I. He was also an internationally prominent pacifist who had served several terms as president of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.* For that reason, Moral Man and Immoral Society caused a howl of betrayal among practically all nonfundamentalists interested in religion, because Niebuhr attacked the Social Gospel’s premise that the steady advance of reason and goodwill

employment, he said, stressing the rising threats of automation and joblessness. Inner-city teenagers, seeing no jobs ahead, were dropping out of school in epidemic numbers. “I may suggest to you that they present almost an alarming problem,” Randolph told Kennedy, “because they have no faith in anybody white. They have no faith in the Negro leadership. They have no faith in God. They have no faith in the government. In other words, they believe the hand of the society is against them.” Walter

College Daves, Joan David, King of Israel Davis, Ben Communist party background of Davis, Edward “Big Two”: Abernathy’s life threatened by background of trial of Davis, George W. Davis, Jefferson Davis, Sammy, Jr. SCLC fund-raiser of at White House reception Davis, Vivian McCoy Dawson, Curtis Dawson, William De, S. K. “Death of Evil” (King) Declaration of Independence Dee, Ruby Defense Department, U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion and Birmingham riots and FBI investigation of King

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