Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - eBook
Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - eBook  -     By: David J. Garrow
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Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - eBook

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781504011549
ISBN-13: 9781504011549

Publisher's Description

A thorough and insightful account of the historic 1965 civil rights protest at Selma, Alabama, from the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Bearing the Cross

Vivid descriptions of violence and courageous acts fill David Garrow’s account of the momentous 1965 protest at Selma, Alabama, in which the author illuminates the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in organizing the demonstrations that led to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
 
Beyond a mere narration of events, Garrow provides an in-depth look at the political strategy of King and of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He explains how King’s awareness of media coverage of the protests—especially reports of white violence against peaceful African American protestors—would elicit sympathy for the cause and lead to dramatic legislative change. Garrow’s analysis of these tactics and of the news reports surrounding these events provides a deeper understanding of how civil rights activists utilized a nonviolent approach to achieve success in the face of great opposition and ultimately effected monumental political change.

Author Bio

David J. Garrow is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian who is presently professor of law and history and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Garrow, who earned his PhD from Duke University, is an acclaimed scholar of the United States’ black freedom struggle and reproductive rights movement, as well as of the US Supreme Court. His definitive biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was honored with the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for biography and the seventh-annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Garrow’s other books are Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From "Solo" to Memphis, and Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade. He also served as a senior adviser to Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning PBS documentary series on the civil rights movement.

Editorial Reviews

"A valuable book, because it is a reminder of both the heroism and the brutality displayed in the great civil rights crusade." —The New Republic
 
"One of the most comprehensive studies yet of a single campaign within the civil-rights movement." —The New York Times Book Review
 
"Protest at Selma adds to the growing literature on the history of the black civil-rights movement of the 1960s by tracing, in a careful and skillful manner, events and forces leading to the passage of perhaps the most important civil-rights legislation of the decade. In addition, Garrow presents a more complete view of Martin Luther King as a shrewd political strategist." —Social Science Quarterly

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