Why We Can't Wait (1964) is arguably the most vital book by one of the most important men in US history. Martin Luther King Jr. sets out the ideas that fuelled a large part of the 1960s civil rights movement.
Offers a history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice who led some of the successful local campaigns in the civil rights movement. The author provides a narrative of a working-class armed self-defense movement that played a crucial role in compelling the federal government to neutralize the Ku Klux Klan and uphold civil rights and liberties.
Abducted from Africa, sold in America.
"A deeply affecting record of an extraordinary life"- Daily Telegraph
A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.
A record of the American civil rights movement. Included are speeches by Martin Luther King Jr, an interview with Rosa Parks, selections from "Malcolm X Speaks"; Black Panther Bobby Seale's "Seize the Time" and a piece by Herman Badillo on the Attica prison uprising.
"The volume and quality of this intellectual work is breathtaking....His writings reveal an intellectual struggle and growth as fierce and alive as any chronicle of his political life could possibly be"......The Washington Post
* Timeless, inspiring and universal words of wisdom, this collection features the milestone speeches, including 'I have a dream...', of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest orators of the 20th Century
Frederick Douglass's Narrative recounts his life as a slave in Maryland and escape to freedom in 1838. An important slave autobiography, it is significant both for what it tells us about slave life and about its author. It is here reprinted with contexualizing source material and other writings by Douglass, as well as an introduction discussing its literary and historical significance.
Interprets postwar civil rights as a Cold War feature. This book argues that the Cold War helped facilitate key social reforms, including desegregation. It discusses the way the Cold War figures into civil rights history.
Looks at the sources of Martin Luther King's power in the black community and its relationship to wider American society, focusing on the role of the black church, the philosophy of nonviolence and issues of leadership, whilst paying attention to the voices of King's critics and detractors and to the limitations of his power.
Offers a comprehensive examination of how the Cold War intersected with the final destruction of global white supremacy. Thomas Borstelmann pays close attention to the two Souths - Southern Africa and the American South - as the primary sites of white authority's last stand.
Martin Luther King delivered many speeches (at least 350 in 1963 alone). Many speeches have been delivered on civil rights and, indeed, were delivered at the March on Washington. So what was it that made that particular speech historical? And what makes it great? This book deals with his speeches.
In the summer of 1964, the turmoil of the civil rights movement reached its peak in Mississippi, with activists across the political spectrum claiming that God was on their side in the struggle over racial justice. This work takes us back to this place and time.
Set against the racial turbulence of the Civil Rights Era, this book offers the work of fiction to explore the life of Martin Luther King Jr - political visionary, human rights activist, preacher, scholar and martyr.
From 1918 into the early twenties, any African American who spoke out forcefully for their race-editors, union organizers, civil rights advocates, radical political activists, and Pan-Africanists - were likely to be investigated by a network of federal intelligence agencies. This title presents an account of this story.
Examining the significant influence of the Soviet Union on the work of four major African American authors - and on twentieth-century American debates about race, this book remaps black modernism, that reveals the importance of the Soviet experience in the formation of a black transnationalism.
A study of how the local struggle for equality in Alabama fared in the wake of federal laws - the Civil Rights Act, the Economic Opportunity Act, and the Voting Rights Act. It looks at the interactions among local activists, elected officials, and bureaucrats who were involved in or affected by Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) projects.
Analysing over one hundred representations of lynching, Dora Apel shows how the visual documentation of such crimes can be a central vehicle for the construction and reinforcement of racial hierarchies. Lynching was often orchestrated explicitly for the camera, and photographs were used to construct ideologies of "whiteness" and "blackness.
In the mid-20th century nations across Africa fought for their independence from colonial forces. By examining black Americans' attitudes toward and responses to these struggles, this work probes the shifting meaning of Africa in the intellectual, political and social lives of African Americans.
Hummel sees the war between the states as simultaneously the culmination and repudiation of the American revolution. The US government was transformed into an overbearing bureaucracy intruding into the everyday lives of Americans. The war is seen as the decisive turning point in American history.
Focuses on two connected issues: representations of lynching in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American photographs, poetry, and fiction; and the effects of those representations. Alexandre compellingly shows how putting representations of lynching in dialogue with the history of lynching uncovers the profound investment of African American literature.
From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal's Federal Writers' Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. In this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine A. Stewart shows it was the product of competing visions of the past, as ex-slaves' memories were used to craft arguments for and against full inclusion of African Americans in society.
"While much is known about the white men and women who were involved in the anti-slavery movement, the black abolitionists have been largely ignored. This book, written by one of America's leading blac"