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The civil rights struggle : leaders in profile

Author: John D'Emilio
Publisher: New York : Facts on File, [1979] ©1979
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The civil rights movement has had a profound effect on modern America, bringing important issues of individual rights and freedoms to the foreground and changing American attitudes. This book presents biographies of 83 men and women who are in the vanguard of that struggle, either as leaders of the civil rights movement or as heads of the opposition. Each portrait contains information on the individual's background  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Biographie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John D'Emilio
ISBN: 0871964600 9780871964601
OCLC Number: 5264700
Description: ix, 191 pages ; 26 cm
Responsibility: by John D'Emilio ; [contributors, Catharine A. Barnes and others].

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"The civil rights movement has had a profound effect on modern America, bringing important issues of individual rights and freedoms to the foreground and changing American attitudes. This book presents biographies of 83 men and women who are in the vanguard of that struggle, either as leaders of the civil rights movement or as heads of the opposition. Each portrait contains information on the individual's background and his career before becoming involved in the civil rights struggle. It then focuses on those events that gained the subject prominence in the movement. Participation in mass protests and organizational campaigns is discussed and attitudes about the philosophical disputes that divided both proponents and opponents during the postwar years are summarized. The profiles deal only with people whose careers centered around the civil rights struggle. Men and women who may have had an important impact on the movement but whose careers were focused elsewhere are not included. Thus no presidents are profiled; nor are such senators as Hubert Humphrey or Robert Kennedy, although that has an important impact on the movement. Supreme Court justices, too, are missing because civil rights was only one of the many issues with which they had to contend. The introductory essay provides an overview of major trends in the civil rights movement since 1945, traces the roots of the struggle and places them movement in the context of the times. This volume also includes a chronology of important events and a detailed bibliography of works on the movement and its personalities." -- Preface

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