Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
ISBN: 037575881X
EAN13: 9780375758812
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 7, 2003
Pages: 576
Dimensions: 1.8" H x 9.3" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present--including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis

Jon Meacham . . . has done about the best job of anthologizing the movement that I've ever seen.--Tom Wicker, Mother Jones

Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of 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.

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