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Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom is a groundbreaking work, one of the first to show in detail how the civil rights movement crystallized our views of citizenship as a grassroots-level, collective endeavor and of self-respect as a formidable political tool. Drawing on both oral and written sources, Richard H. King shows how rank-and-file movement participants defined and discussed such concepts as rights, equality, justice, and, in particular, freedom, and how such key movement leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Stokely Carmichael, and James Forman were attuned to this "freedom talk."

The book includes chapters on the concept of freedom in its many varieties, both individual and collective; on self-interest and self-respect; on Martin Luther King's use of the idea of freedom; and on the intellectual evolution of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, especially in light of Frantz Fanon's thought among movement radicals.

In demonstrating that self-respect, self-determination, and solidarity were as central to the goals of the movement as the dismantling of the Jim Crow system, King argues that the movement's success should not be measured in terms of tangible, quantifiable advances alone, such as voter registration increases or improved standards of living. Not only has the civil rights movement helped strengthen the meaning and political importance of active citizenship in the contemporary world, says King, but "what was at first a political goal became, in the 1970s and 1980s, the impetus for the academic and intellectual rediscovery and reinterpretation of the Afro-American cultural and historical experience."

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A groundbreaking work, one of the first to show in detail how the civil rights movement crystallized our views of citizenship as a grassroots-level, collective endeavor and self-respect as a formidable political tool.

About the Author

Richard H. King is a professor in the American and Canadian Studies department at the University of Nottingham. His books include A Southern Renaissance and Dixie Debates, which he coedited with Helen Taylor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820318240
Author:
King, Richard H.
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Location:
Athens :
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- United States -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- United States.
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.52x5.57x.84 in. .96 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » Civil Rights Movement
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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