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Civil rights chronicle : the African-American struggle for freedom
Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Legacy, Publications International, c2003.
Physical Description:
448 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.


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Book 323.119073 CIV 1 1
Book 323.119073 CIV 1 1

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The Civil Rights Chronicle recounts the details and drama of the American civil rights movement, the decades-long struggle for equality for all people. This comprehensive, 448-page book primarily focuses on the years 1954 through 1968, while also documenting the radical shift in the movement after the 1960s as well as significant civil rights issues up to the present day. Written by noted scholars, the chronicle offers: A foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams, wife of former NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, who was assassinated in 1963. A 1,200-item timeline that marks significant points along the battle for civil rights, from the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision to the assassination of movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Essays describing 26 watershed events, such as the Montgomery bus boycott, crisis at Little Rock High School, sit-ins, and freedom rides. Decade-overview essays that give readers a big picture perspective, including the impact of the Depression on African Americans in the 1930s to the rolling back of affirmative action in the 1980s. More than 80 sidebars on such subjects as Thurgood Marshall, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, letter from a Birmingham jail, and the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics. More than 20 first-hand accounts from those directly involved in the civil rights struggle, including Rosa Parks and Little Rock student Elizabeth Eckford. More than 900 photographs that visually tell the story of the African American struggle for civil rights, such as images of the Birmingham church bombings and the March on Washington.

Reviews 2

Choice Review

Ambitious and heavily illustrated, this volume chronicles the African American struggle for equality in the US, focusing on the 20th century, but devoting one chapter to historical background on slavery, the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction. The work bears some characteristics of an encyclopedia--one- and two-page essays about important civil rights personalities, events, and subjects--but is primarily a pictorial history of the movement. Eight of the nine chapters cover individual decades of the 20th century, each beginning with a narrative overview of the decade that occupies about four pages. The remainder of each chapter relies on time lines--significant events, short essays, a large number of captioned photographs, and excerpts from primary sources--to flesh out the story. Popular rather than scholarly, this work is intended for audiences with little knowledge of the topic. A list of suggested readings would enhance the book's usefulness. For the photographs alone, this affordable volume is a worthwhile investment. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates. L. K. Speer Southeast Missouri State University

Library Journal Review

Filled with impressive pictorials, this captivating coffee-table book illustrates the African American struggle for the recognition of basic humanity and legal rights. Under the guidance of Clayborne Carson (director, Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project, Stanford Univ.), several authors, including Mark Bauerlein, Todd Steven Burroughs, Ella Forbes, and Jim Haskins, contributed to the text, which is divided into nine chapters that range from "The Early Struggle" (before 1900) to the end of the 20th century. The writing is serviceable, but in design and execution this is primarily a picture book, lacking source notes and a bibliography. General readers can use it as a visual tour of the people, places, and developments that marked the ongoing movement from slavery to freedom; it rivals neither The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights nor The ABC-CLIO Companion to the Civil Rights Movement. Recommended for young adult and general collections on civil rights, as well as African American or U.S. history.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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