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Title Voices in our blood : America's best on the civil rights movement / edited by Jon Meacham.

Published New York : Random House, [2001]


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 UniM Bail  973.0496073 VOIC    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description ix, 561 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents I. Before the Storm 9 -- Inheritors of Slavery / Richard Wright -- North Toward Home / Willie Morris -- Notes of a Native Son / James Baldwin -- A Pageant of Birds / Eudora Welty -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Maya Angelou -- Opera in Greenville / Rebecca West -- II. Into the Streets 105 -- America Comes of Middle Age / Murray Kempton -- American Segregation and the World Crisis / William Faulkner -- Moral Aspects of Segregation / Benjamin E. Mays -- Cradle (of the Confederacy) Rocks / Carl T. Rowan -- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years / Taylor Branch -- Prime Time / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- Letter from the South / E. B. White -- Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South / Robert Penn Warren -- Travels with Charley / John Steinbeck -- Liar by Legislation / Hodding Carter -- Harlem Is Nowhere / Ralph Ellison -- An Interview with Malcolm X / Alex Haley -- Wallace / Marshall Frady -- Mystery and Manners / Flannery O'Connor -- Negro Revolt Against "The Negro Leaders" / Louis E. Lomax -- III. Mountaintop 281 -- "I Have a Dream ..." / James Reston -- Capital Is Occupied by a Gentle Army / Russell Baker -- Bloody Sunday / John Lewis -- Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise / Walker Percy -- This Quiet Dust / William Styron -- When Watts Burned / Stanley Crouch -- After Watts / Elizabeth Hardwick -- Brilliancy of Black / Bernard Weinraub -- Representative / Charlayne Hunter-Gault -- Second Coming of Martin Luther King / David Halberstam -- Martin Luther King Is Still on the Case / Garry Wills -- IV. Twilight 409 -- "Keep On A-Walking, Children" / Pat Watters -- "We in a War--Or Haven't Anybody Told You That?" / Peter Goldman -- Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's / Tom Wolfe -- Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington / Alice Walker -- A Hostile and Welcoming Workplace / Ellis Cose -- State Secrets / Calvin Trillin -- Grady's Gift / Howell Raines.
Summary Voices in Our Blood is a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers -- including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright -- had to say about the central domestic drama of the American Century.
Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of black and white 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.
Voices in Our Blood is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and Voices in Our Blood tells us how we got this far -- and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.
Other author Meacham, Jon.
Subject African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
United States -- Race relations -- Sources.
ISBN 0679462961