Voices in Our Blood America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement

ISBN-10: 037575881X

ISBN-13: 9780375758812

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Authors: Jon Meacham

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Voices in Our Bloodis a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers — including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright — had to say about the central domestic drama of the American Century. Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of black and white perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement's spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength. Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page ofThe New York Times, James Reston marks the movement's apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded "I Have a Dream" speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement's progress a decade later in her article"Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington."And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed. Voices in Our Bloodis a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, andVoices in Our Bloodtells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jon Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 20, 1969. He received a degree in English literature at the University of the South. He joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995. Three years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing editor, supervising coverage of politics, international affairs, and breaking news. In 2006, he was promoted to editor at Newsweek. He is currently an executive editor at Random House. He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House in 2009. His other works include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013 his title Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Before the Storm
Inheritors of Slavery
Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States, 1941
North Toward Home
Notes of a Native Son
A Pageant of Birds
The New Republic, October 25, 1943
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Harper's Magazine, February 1970
Opera in Greenville
The New Yorker, June 14, 1947
Into the Streets
America Comes of Middle Age
He Went All the Way, September 22, 1955
Upon Such a Day, September 10, 1957
Next Day, September 12, 1957
The Soul's Cry, September 13, 1957
American Segregation and the World Crisis
The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955
The Moral Aspects of Segregation
The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955
The Cradle (of the Confederacy) Rocks
Go South to Sorrow, 1957
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years
Prime Time
Colored People, 1994
Letter from the South
The New Yorker, April 7, 1956
Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South
Travels with Charley
Liar by Legislation
Look, June 28, 1955
Harlem Is Nowhere
Harper's Magazine, August 1964
An Interview with Malcolm X
A Candid Conversation with the Militant Major-domo of the Black Muslims, Playboy, May 1963
Mystery and Manners
The Negro Revolt Against "The Negro Leaders"
Harper's Magazine, June 1960
The Mountaintop
"I Have a Dream ..."
The New York Times, August 29, 1963
Capital Is Occupied by a Gentle Army
The New York Times, August 29, 1963
Bloody Sunday
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 1998
Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise
Harper's Magazine, April 1965
This Quiet Dust
Harper's Magazine, April 1965
When Watts Burned
Rolling Stone's The Sixties, 1977
After Watts
Violence in the City--An End or a Beginning? The New York Review of Books, March 31, 1966
The Brilliancy of Black
Esquire, January 1967
The New Yorker, April 1, 1967
The Second Coming of Martin Luther King
Harper's Magazine, August 1967
Martin Luther King Is Still on the Case
Esquire, August 1968
"Keep On A-Walking, Children"
New American Review, January 1969
"We in a War--Or Haven't Anybody Told You That?"
Report from Black America, 1969
Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's
New York, June 8, 1970
Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington
The New York Times Magazine, August 26, 1973
A Hostile and Welcoming Workplace
The Rage of a Privileged Class, 1993
State Secrets
The New Yorker, May 29, 1995
Grady's Gift
The New York Times Magazine, December 1, 1991
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