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Eyes on the prize : America's civil rights years, 1954-1965
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1987.
Physical Description:
xv, 300 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [296]-297.
Added Title:
America's civil rights years, 1954-1965.


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Eyes on the Prize traces the movement from the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954 to the march on Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This is a companion volume to the first part of the acclaimed PBS series.

Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

YAEyes On the Prize is an outstanding contribution to the memory of the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement. Williams brings the events of the nonviolent civil rights years to life with photographs and lucid text, as well as brief asides interspersed throughout to provide participants' perspectives. Written in conjunction with the production team of the PBS-TV series of the same name, the book uses still photography, which provides different insights than the film footage of the same events shown on television. While the two could be used together, the book stands solidly alone as one of the best available summaries of the period. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Assisted by the production team for the PBS-TV series on which this book is based, Washington Post national correspondent Williams recounts in detail the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. PW noted that he ``singles out the stories of the little-known activists.'' (February) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

An account of a crucial decade in the Civil Rights movement in the US. This is a companion piece to an upcoming TV series, has numerous photographs, and covers the main aspects of the struggle beginning with the Brown decision. The writing is clear and direct, and the story is a moving one that has faded a bit from the public consciousness. The heroism, sacrifice and love, Little Rock, Selma and the Freedom Riders are all here. The stories of Orval Faubus vs. President Eisenhower, the Emmett Till murder, the first sit-ins are just part of the panorama of passionately concerned people organizing themselves to assert their fundamental humanity. Their fight against intolerance and oppression is thoroughly documented in a way that anyone, even the young, can understand. An epilogue--""Where Have They Gone?""--tells us what some of the players in this drama are doing now. Some are dead, but others, most notably Justice Thurgood Marshall, have reached positions of honor and power. For a compact, intelligent outline of the issues and the participants, a good introduction for the general reader. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. A companion to a PBS series, this heartfelt, illustrated, sociohistorical account covers the period in detail, including civil rights legislation, landmark court orders, the marches and boycotts, and the leaders of the mass protest movement.

Choice Review

A January 1988 feature article on ``Eyes on the Prize'' reviews this title.

Library Journal Review

This companion volume to the PBS TV series of the same name is an excellent, highly readable account of black America's struggle for social and political equality, covering the civil rights battle from the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 to the Selma protest marches and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Williams focuses upon specific key events, providing a narrative overview of each, interspersed with photographs and excerpts from interviews and writings of the participants. He gives a vivid portrait of the courage of individual blacks and the violence they had to endure in their struggle for desegregation and the right to vote in the South. The events themselves provide the drama. Recommended for academic and public libraries. BOMC alternate. Louis Vyhnanek, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.