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The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

Taylor Branch

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1451662467

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The essential moments of the Civil Rights Movement are set in historical context by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the magisterial America in the King Years trilogy—Parting the Waters; Pillar of Fire; and At Canaan’s Edge.

Taylor Branch, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning America in the King Years trilogy, presents selections from his monumental work that recount the essential moments of the Civil Rights Movement. A masterpiece of storytelling on race and democracy, violence and nonviolence, The King Years delivers riveting tales of everyday heroes whose stories inspire us still. Here is the full sweep of an era that transformed America and continues to offer crucial lessons for today’s world. This vital primer amply fulfills Branch’s dedication: “For students of freedom and teachers of history.”

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Evers had asked for permission to invite Martin Luther King to join forces, but his NAACP bosses ignored the heretical idea. Finally home, Evers stepped out of his Oldsmobile carrying a stack of NAACP sweatshirts stenciled “Jim Crow Must Go,” which had made poor sales items in Mississippi’s sweltering June. His own white dress shirt made a perfect target for the killer waiting in a fragrant stand of honeysuckle across the street. One loud crack sent a bullet from a .30-’06 deer rifle exploding

and 1965. President Johnson suffered heavy reversals in the congressional midterms. “I think the Negroes lost it,” he groaned privately, fretting that the backlash would “move beyond George Wallace and become respectable.” Sensational violence dominated the news. A serial killer in Chicago strangled eight student nurses in their dormitory, and an ex-Marine climbed the university tower in Austin, Texas, to shoot thirty-five strangers. Grim stories also suffused popular culture, from Truman

the biblical story of Moses, who was permitted to see Canaan across the Jordan River from atop Mount Nebo, but died there for transgressions before his people entered the Promised Land. King revived in preacher talk with peers, and lingered eagerly to greet the sanitation workers. Notwithstanding an endless day since the airport bomb search, in fact, he hummed with incandescent stamina and disappeared with Abernathy and Bernard Lee for a long night on the town. . . . By mid-afternoon, as the

Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library in Chapel Hill. Many catalysts sparked this single-volume adaptation. I appreciate thoughtful encouragement from Lesley Herrmann and Lance Warren of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York. For decades, their foundation has been distributing primary materials to enliven the presentation of history in schools, and they have sponsored discussions for me with teachers and students across the United

86–87 Hoover’s relationship with, 104, 108, 109 immigration reform by, 132 King’s relationship with, 123–30, 123, 146, 147, 157 Mississippi intervention request to, 146, 147, 148 1964 election victory of, 90, 104 1964 running mate choice of, 94–95, 99, 100 political backlash against, 152 race riots report commissioned by, 162 Selma voting rights campaign and, 115, 119–20, 121–22, 124, 125 Thurgood Marshall’s appointment by, 161 Vietnam War policy of, 124, 125, 128–30, 155, 157, 158,

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