Reporting Civil Rights: American journalism, 1963-1973

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Library of America Staff, Clayborne Carson
Library of America, 2003 - History - 986 pages
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From A. Philip Randolph's defiant call in 1941 for African Americans to march on Washington to Alice Walker in 1973, Reporting Civil Rights presents firsthand accounts of the revolutionary events that overthrew segregation in the United States. This two-volume anthology brings together for the first time nearly 200 newspaper and magazine reports and book excerpts, and features 151 writers, including James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, David Halberstam, Lillian Smith, Gordon Parks, Murray Kempton, Ted Poston, Claude Sitton, and Anne Moody. A newly researched chronology of the movement, a 32-page insert of rare journalist photographs, and original biographical profiles are included in each volume

Vivid reports by Robert Richardson and Bob Clark capture the nightmarish Watts and Detroit riots, while Paul Good records the growing schism in 1966 between King's nonviolence and Stokely Carmichael's "Black Power" advocacy. Joan Didion and Gilbert Moore cover the Black Panthers; Garry Wills and Pat Watters chronicle the traumatic aftermath of King's assassination and the failure of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign; Willie Morris and Marshall Frady assess the early 1970s South; Tom Wolfe caustically explores new forms of racial confrontation; and Richard Margolis depicts post-integration consciousness among African American college students.

Singly or together, Reporting Civil Rights captures firsthand the impassioned struggle for freedom and equality that transformed America.

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Review: Reporting Civil Rights, Part One: American Journalism 1941-1963 (Library of America #137)

User Review  - Jay Wigley - Goodreads

People often wonder what the difference between history and narrative is. This two volume set of the best in-the-moment writing about the Civil Rights Movement will show you. You'll likely never read ... Read full review

Review: Reporting Civil Rights, Part Two: American Journalism 1963-1973 (Library of America #138)

User Review  - Robin Friedman - Goodreads

This book is the second volume of the Library of America's documentary, journalistic history of the Civil Rights Movement. The first volume covers the years 1941-1963 and takes the story up to the ... Read full review

Contents

Marlene Nadle The View from the Front of the
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Claude S1tton Birmingham Bomb Kills 4 Negro Girls
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Ruth and Edward Brecher The Militarys Limited
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The advisory board for Reporting Civil Rights includes Clayborne Carson, senior editor, The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.; David J. Garrow, Presidential Distinguished Professor, Emory University; William Kovach, chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists; and Carol Polsgrove, professor of journalism, Indiana University.