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Reporting civil rights. Part one : American journalism 1941-1963.



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From Publishers' Weekly:

In time for the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Library of America is publishing a landmark collection of civil rights reporting in America, Reporting Civil Rights. The two-volume work is at once a testament to our country's First Amendment rights, and a somber yet inspiring portrait of oppression. The editorial advisory board, which includes Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Bill Kovach and Carol Posgrove, has chosen pieces that span from 1941, when blacks struggled for equal treatment in the Army, to 1973, when, writes Alice Walker, "freedom [was] still an elusive tease, and in the very act of grabbing for it one [could] become shackled." Among the treasures here are Langston Hughes's 1945 recollection of eating in dining cars south of the Mason-Dixon line; a 1963 piece by Hunter S. Thompson on Louisville, Ky. ("a Southern city with Northern problems"); and John Hersey's 1964 article from The Saturday Evening Post about a black man who tries to register to vote. There are nearly 200 newspaper and magazine reports, book excerpts and features in each volume. B&w photos. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

These new editions cover the American Civil Rights Movement from 1941 through 1973. In the tradition of the publisher's superb Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism, 1959-1975, the volumes present newspaper and magazine articles from the popular and African American press. Volume 1 opens with an appeal in the May 1941 Black Worker calling for a protest march on Washington, DC, that July. The second volume closes with Alice Walker's 1973 "Staying Home in Mississippi" from the New York Times Magazine. In between, we experience race riots in World War II, the Montgomery bus boycott, the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, the Watts riots, gains in obtaining voting and civil rights, and failures to obtain greater economic and social equality. The 151 writers whose works are collected here include Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, John Hersey, Robert Penn Warren, David Halberstam, Jimmy Breslin, James Baldwin, Marshall Frady, and Tom Wolfe. Reading their articles brings alive the tastes, sounds, textures, and emotions of this tumultuous and epic period in American life. Each volume also contains a chronology and biographical sketches of the contributors. Recommended for all libraries.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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