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Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement

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Publisher Comments:

Voices in Our Blood is a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers — including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright — had to say about the central domestic drama of the American Century.

Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of black and white perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement's spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength.

Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page of The New York Times, James Reston marks the movement's apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded "I Have a Dream" speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement's progress a decade later in her article "Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington." And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed.

Voices in Our Blood is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and Voices in Our Blood tells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.

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Synopsis:

Voices in Our Blood is a compelling collection of what America's best writers had to say on the civil rights movement, the great domestic drama of the twentieth century. It is the only place to find the narrative of the movement, from before World War II through the King years and into the affirmative-action wars of recent years. No other book captures the sweep of remarkable voices the way this one does.

Voices in our Blood is a powerful history, vividly told.

About the Author

Jon Meacham is managing editor of Newsweek. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, he is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Meacham has been a reporter for The Chattanooga Times and an editor of The Washington Monthly. He and his wife, Keith, live in New York City.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758812
Editor:
Meacham, Jon
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Editor:
Meacham, Jon
Author:
Meacham, Jon
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- United States.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Civil rights -- History.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.18x6.44x1.20 in. 1.40 lbs.

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » Civil Rights Movement
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Product details 576 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375758812 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Voices in Our Blood is a compelling collection of what America's best writers had to say on the civil rights movement, the great domestic drama of the twentieth century. It is the only place to find the narrative of the movement, from before World War II through the King years and into the affirmative-action wars of recent years. No other book captures the sweep of remarkable voices the way this one does.

Voices in our Blood is a powerful history, vividly told.

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