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Reporting Civil Rights - Part One: American Journalism 1941-1963

Drawn from eyewitness newspaper and magazine reports and contemporary books, Reporting Civil Rights offers a panoramic perspective on the struggle to overthrow segregation in the United States. In this volume, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Pauli Murray, and Bayard Rustin record the determination of African-Americans in the 1940s to oppose racial injustice; Murray Kempton and William Bradford Huie report on the lynching of Emmett Till; Ted Poston presents an early portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Relman Morin and John Steinbeck witness their terrors of mob rage; David Halberstam, James Baldwin , and Louis Lomax describe the wildlife spread of the sit-in movement. Robert Penn Warren's Segregation is included in its entirety, as is Martin Luther King Jr's classic defense of civil disobedience, "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Contains a chronology of the civil rights movement, biographical profiles and 32 pages of photographs of the journalists, and notes. A companion volume covers 1963 through 1973.

The Library of America, 1-931082-28-6, $40.00

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