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The Martin Luther King, JR., Encyclopediaby Clayborne Carson
Synopses & Reviews
As editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Clayborne Carson, with the assistance of his staff at Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, had access to many documents relating to Dr. King's life and career. From their unique familiarity with these materials, they have compiled an encyclopedia offering a fresh and exciting look at the work of Dr. King and the course of the civil rights movement. Scholars, students, and interested nonspecialists will all find the more than 280 entries provided in the encyclopedia to be both informative and engaging. Alphabetically arranged, each entry concludes with a list of sources, both primary and secondary, upon which it is based. The entries cover all facets of Dr. King's life and career, including the following members of his family: BLhis wife, Coretta Scott King BLhis father, Martin Luther King, Sr. BLhis mother, Alberta Williams King BLhis brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King
Book News Annotation:
Carson, founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, provides a reference for students, teachers, researchers, and general readers in high school and up. Based on the extensive historical research originally conducted by the staff of the Institute's Papers Project to produce annotations for the published volumes of King's papers, the encyclopedia draws heavily on the Papers Project's vast collection of primary source documents related to King and the movement he inspired. Quotations from these documents are included in many entries. The encyclopedia begins with a chronology, followed by a short narrative introduction. The entries give information on African American leaders, members of King's family and his personal and professional associates, theological and political sources of influence, celebrities who supported his protest campaigns, and political allies and opponents. Major events in King's life also have their own entries. The 285 entries are arranged alphabetically. Each entry is followed by a list of sources, which contains secondary literature and primary documents. B&w historical photos are included. Carson teaches history at Stanford University. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Other entries discuss the churches he pastored, the dissertation he wrote, the trips he took to India and Ghana, the books he published, the speeches he delivered, the Nobel Prize he won, the presidents and other national figures he knew, and his chief opponents and critics. The encyclopedia also offers a detailed chronology of Dr. King's life, a selected bibliography of important seconday sources, and a detailed Introduction putting Dr. King's career in context with its times, a Guide to Related Topics, and a detailed subject index.
Alphabetically arranged, each entry concludes with a list of sources, both primary and secondary, upon which it is based. The entries cover all facets of Dr. King's life and career, including the following members of his family:
; his wife, Coretta Scott King
; his father, Martin Luther King, Sr.
; his mother, Alberta Williams King
; his brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King
; and all four of his children
His many friends and associates in the movement:
; Ralph David Abernathy
; Maya Angelou
; Sammy Davis Jr.
; Medgar Evers
; Dick Gregory
; Benjamin Hooks
; James Meredith
; Andrew Young
His campaigns and marches:
; Birmingham Campaign
; Chicago Campaign
; March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
; Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
; Mongomery Bus Boycott
; Operation Breadbasket
And the many organizations he led or interacted with:
; Congress of Racial Equality
; Montgomery Improvement Association
; National Conference on Religion and Race
; Southern Christian Leadership Conference
; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
As editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Clayborne Carson, with the assistance of his staff at Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, had access to a variety of documents relating to all aspects of Dr. King's life and career. The encyclopedia provides readers with over 280 entries that offer fresh and engaging insights into Dr. King and the civil rights movement. From their unique familiarity with these materials, they have compiled an encyclopedia offering a fresh and exciting look at the work of Dr. King and the course of the civil rights movement.
Based upon the papers of Martin Luther King Jr., this encyclopedia provides fresh and revealing insights into Dr. King's life, work, family, associates, and opponents.
About the Author
CLAYBORNE CARSON is professor of history at Stanford University, where he is also founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. His publications include In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981), which won the OAH's Frederick Jackson Terner Award, and Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991). He also served as senior advisor for the award-winning PBS series on the civil rights movement, "Eyes on the Prize," and co-edited the Eyes on the Prize Reader (1991). In 1985, Coretta Scott King invited him to direct a long-term project to edit and publish The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to these volumes, Dr. Carson has written or co-edited numerous other works based on the papers, including A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) and The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), compiled from King's autobiographical writings.TENISHA ARMSTRONG is associate director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project. She holds an M.A. from Stanford University. A former King Summer Research Fellow, she joined the King Institute staff in 1998, and was the lead editor of Volume V: Threshold of a New Decade, January 1959-December 1960 of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.SUSAN CARSON is former managing editor of the King Institute. She holds an M.A. in Library Science from San Jose State University. She co-edited Volumes III-VI of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Carson retired in 2007.ERIN COOK is former associate director of the King Institute's Liberation Curriculum Initiative. She served as a teaching assistant for Professor Clayborne Carson's undergraduate course on the African-American freedom struggle and is currently teaching history at an independent high school in California.SUSAN ENGLANDER earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999 and has been an editor at the Martin Luther Ing, Jr., Papers Project since 2001. She is the lead editor on Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-March 1963 of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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