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Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movementby Jon Meacham
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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.
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
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.
Table of Contents
Machine generated contents note: I. BEFORE THE STORM 9 — Inheritors of Slavery * RICHARD WRIGHT — Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro — in the United States, 1941 — North Toward Home * WILLIE MORRIS — 1967 — Notes of a Native Son JAMES BALDWIN — 1955 — A Pageant of Birds * EUDORA WELTY — The New Republic, October 25, 1943 — I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings * MAYA ANGELOU — Harper's Magazine, February 1970 — Opera in Greenville * REBECCA WEST — The New Yorker, June 14, 1947 — II. INTO THE STREETS 105 — America Comes of Middle Age * MURRAY KEMPTON — He Went All the Way, September 22, 1955 — Upon Such a Day, September 10, 1957 — Next Day, September 12, 1957 — The Soul's Cry, September 13, 1957 — tAmerican Segregation and the World Crisis * WILLIAM FAULKNER — The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955 — Moral Aspects of Segregation * BENJAMIN E. MAYS — The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955 — he Cradle (of the Confederacy) Rocks * CARL T. ROWAN — Go South to Sorrow, 1957 — rting the Waters: America in the King Years * TAYLOR BRANCH — 1988 — Prime Time * HENRY Louis GATES, JR. — Colored People, 1994 — Letter from the South * E. B. WHITE — The New Yorker, April 7, 1956 — Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South * ROBERT PENN WARREN — 1956 — Travels with Charley * JOHN STEINBECK — 1962 — Liar by Legislation * HODDING CARTER — Look, June 28, 1955 — Harlem Is Nowhere * RALPH ELLISON — Harper's Magazine, August 1964 — An Interview with Malcolm X * ALEX HALEY — A Candid Conversation with the Militant — Major-domo of the Black Muslims, — Playboy, May 1963 — Wallace * MARSHALL FRADY — 1968 — Mystery and Manners * FLANNERY O'CONNOR — 1963 — The Negro Revolt Against "The Negro Leaders" * Louis E. LOMAX — Harper's Magazine, June 1960 — III. THE MOUNTAINTOP 281 — "I Have a Dream" * JAMES RESTON — The New York Times, August 29, 1963 — Capital Is Occupied by a Gentle Army * RUSSELL BAKER — The New York Times, August 29, 1963 — Bloody Sunday * JOHN LEWIS — Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 1998 — Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise * WALKER PERCY — Harper's Magazine, April 1965 — This Quiet Dust * WILLIAM STYRON — Harper's Magazine, April 1965 — When Watts Burned * STANLEY CROUCH — Rolling Stone's The Sixties, 1977 — After Watts * ELIZABETH HARDWICK — Violence in the City-An End or a Beginning? — The New York Review of Books, March 31, 1966 — The Brilliancy of Black * BERNARD WEINRAUB — Esquire, January 1967 — Representative * CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT — The New Yorker, April 1, 1967 — The Second Coming of Martin Luther King * DAVID HALBERSTAM — Harper's Magazine, August 1967 — Martin Luther King Is Still on the Case * GARRY WILLS — Esquire, August 1968 — IV. TWILIGHT 409 — "Keep On A-Walking, Children" * PAT WATTERS — New American Review, January 1969 — "We in a War-Or Haven't Anybody Told You That?" — PETER GOLDMAN — Report from Black America, 1969 — Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's * TOM WOLFE — New York, June 8, 1970 — Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington — ALICE WALKER — The New York Times Magazine, August 26, 1973 — A Hostile and Welcoming Workplace * ELLIS COSE — The Rage of a Privileged Class, 1993 — State Secrets * CALVIN TRILLIN — The New Yorker, May 29, 1995 — Grady's Gift * HOWELL RAINES — The New York Times Magazine, December 1, 1991 — Acknowledgments — Permissions Acknowledgments — index.
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