Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.
Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.
Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War.
Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness and illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder.
Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages.
marketing specialists were advancing from advertising into politics. Also in Florida, the Pentagon demonstrated the growing power of public relations when it introduced the first team of prospective astronauts, successfully passing off seven high-strung and often cantankerous test pilots as specimens of a new American personality type—bland heroes. All seven were white Protestant men from small towns; six had crew cuts. A steady diet of propaganda created the historically dubious impression that
Albany to resolve their differences in this situation in a less tense atmosphere. Therefore, I am very glad that Dr. King has been released.” His phrasing subtly endorsed the perspective of leading Albany whites, who saw segregation as a local matter. Ed Guthman, Kennedy’s press spokesman, assured reporters that Robert Kennedy had not paid King’s fine—nor had President Kennedy, nor any other official of the federal government. To stress the parallel with the Kennedy performance after King’s 1960
childish musical chairs might have lasting political effect. Perhaps the most important practical competition to be decided that day was the selection of a White House liaison for lobbying on the civil rights bill. Rauh knew that Walter Reuther coveted that role, as did Roy Wilkins, both of whom had asked him to help them jockey for first recognition from the President, on the theory that Kennedy would grant the lobbying power to the first supplicant rather than immerse himself in a catfight.
call: Farmer, Lay Bare, pp. 200—201. Perkins became group: Jet, May 25, 1961, p. 12. plainclothes investigators: Ibid.; Patterson, JFKOH; Raines, My Soul, p. 120. warning of a mob: Jet, May 25, 1961, p. 12. “White Intrastate Passengers”: NYT, May 15, 1961, p. 22. pounding on the bus: Greyhound burning from Peck, Ride, p. 96; Raines, My Soul, pp. 119ff; Jet, May 25, 1961, p. 12; NYT, May 15, 1961, p. 1; BN, May 15, 1961, p. 1; BW, May 17, 1961, p. 1; MA, May 15, 1961, p. 1. Trailways bus
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