Martin Luther King, Jr

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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"This is the best compact biography of Martin Luther King available." - James R. Ralph, author of "Northern Protest"
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? A successful reformer or a failed revolutionary? A maker of the movement or a product of it? In a powerful reinvestigation of both the man and the cause, this brilliant new biography deftly traces how King grew into his leadership role, and grew stronger in faith after 1965 as the movement itself weakened and the challenges deepened. Historian Peter Ling chronicles King's seven-year struggle to transfer successful leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott onto the national stage. He reveals the ambiguities and fragility of his nonviolent protest methods, even during their period of greatest apparent success (1963-1965), and celebrates King's, heroic, though failing efforts to develop nonviolence as a means of addressing ghetto inequalities and opposing America's involvement in Vietnam. By the time of his murder, Lings shows, King knew he was "going for broke," and developed more radical stances in the face of a strengthening right-wing counter-movement. Capturing the drama, irony, and pathos of King's life, this textured, accessible biography gives proper weight to the contentious final two years of King's life.

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Introduction i
Montgomery 19559
Finding his way 19602
Birmingham 1963
Along a tightrope 19634
organizing and mobilizing Chicago 19656
Black Power and Vietnam 19667
Memphis 1968
In Memoriam remembering King

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About the author (2002)

Peter J. Ling is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Nottingham and has taught courses on the Civil Rights Movement since 1987.

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