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Going down Jericho Road The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

ISBN-10: 0393330532
ISBN-13: 9780393330533
Edition: 2008
Authors: Michael K. Honey
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"The definitive appreciation of the Memphis garbage strike, one of the pivotal human-rights moments in late twentieth-century America."David Levering Lewis Memphis in 1968 was ruled by a paternalistic "plantation mentality" embodied in its good-old-boy mayor, Henry Loeb. Wretched conditions, abusive white supervisors, poor education, and low wages locked most black workers into poverty. Then two sanitation workers were chewed up in the back of a faulty truck, igniting a months-long public-employee strike that would shake the nation. With novelistic drama and rich scholarly detail, this "first-rate chronicle" (Seattle Times) relates the riveting story of the 1968 strike that shook Memphisand claimed Martin Luther King's life. 16 pages of illustrations.

A Personal Preface
Introduction: Two Lives Lost
Labor and Civil Rights
A Plantation in the City
Dr King, Labor, and the Civil Rights Movement
Struggles of the Working Poor
Standing at the Crossroads
On Strike for Respect
Hambone's Meditations: The Failure of Community
Testing the Social Gospel
Fighting for the Working Poor
Minister to the Valley: The Poor People's Campaign
Baptism by Fire
Ministers and Manhood
Convergence
Escalation: the Youth Movement
All Labor Has Dignity
Something Dreadful
Jericho Road is a Dangerous Road
Chaos in the Bluff City
The Movement Lives or Dies in Memphis
State of Siege
Shattered Dreams and Promised Lands
A Crucifixion Event
Reckonings
We Have Got the Victory
Epilogue: How We Remember King
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Notes
Main Individuals and Organizations
Bibliography
Index

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