Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1978 - Political Science - 346 pages
"The work of David J. Garrow is more than a day-by-day account of how the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 came into being. It is also a skillful analysis of the dynamics of protest activity and more particularly of the ways in which successful protesters deliberately use the mass media to influence uninvolved audiences." -American Historical Review
"A valuable book, because it is a reminder of both the heroism and the brutality displayed in the great civil rights crusade." -David Herbert Donald, The New Republic
"One of the most comprehensive studies yet of a single campaign within the civil-rights movement." -Pat Watters, New York Times Book Review
"An excellent fusion of important theoretical constructs with careful and thoughtful empirical analysis. A desirable addition to most college libraries, useful for a variety of courses....Thoroughly documented. Recommended." -Choice

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David J. Garrow is an American historian, born in Massachusetts in 1953. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and earned his Ph.D. from Duke University. He has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the City University of New York, The Cooper Union, the College of William and Mary, American University, and Emory University. Currently, he is Professor of Law & History and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is the author of numerous essays, articles, and academic writings. His books include Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade; Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Protest at Selma. His book, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and the seventh annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His latest book is Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

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