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A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination

Author: Clay Risen
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lyndon Johnson got the call a few minutes after 7 p.m.: 'Mr. President, Martin Luther King has been shot.' Within hours, rioting had engulfed Washington, D.C. Before the violence was over, the US Army occupied three major American cities, and National Guard units patrolled a dozen more. The riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, delivered a death blow to the liberal dream  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Risen, Clay.
Nation on fire.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2009
(OCoLC)764189765
Named Person: Martin Luther King, Jr.; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Martin Luther King
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clay Risen
ISBN: 9780470177105 0470177101
OCLC Number: 232358181
Description: xii, 292 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: King, Johnson, and the terrible, glorious thirty-first day of March --
April 4 : Before the bullet --
April 4 : The news arrives --
April 4 : U and Fourteenth --
April 5 : Midnight interlude --
April 5 : "Any man's death diminishes me" --
April 5 : "Once that line has been crossed" --
April 5 : "Official disorder on top of civil disorder" --
April 5 : The occupation of Washington --
April 5 : "There are no ghettos in Chicago" --
April 6 : Roadblocks --
April 6 : An eruption in Baltimore --
April 7 : Palm Sunday --
April 8 : Bluff city on edge --
April 9 : A country rent asunder --
April 10 and 11 : Two speeches --
A summer postscript --
1969 and after.
Responsibility: Clay Risen.
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A few hours after Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at a Memphis motel, violent mobs had looted and burned several blocks of Washington a few miles north of the White House, centered  Read more...

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"...Risen provides us with a gripping account of the riots...This is a solid and considerate account of a particular week" (Oxford Times, August 6th 2009)

 
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