Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
Publication Date: March 2006
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No other book about the civil rights movement captures the drama and impact of the black struggle for equality better than Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945 1968. Two of the most respected scholars of African-American history, Steven F. Lawson and Charles M. Payne, examine the individuals who made the movement a success, both at the highest level of government and in the grassroots trenches. Designed specifically for college and university courses in American history, this is the best introduction available to the glory and agony of these turbulent times. Carefully chosen primary documents augment each essay giving students the opportunity to interpret the historical record themselves and engage in meaningful discussion. In this revised and updated edition, Lawson and Payne have included additional analysis on the legacy of Martin Luther King and added important new documents.
About the AuthorSTEVEN F. LAWSON has taught at the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is now professor of American history and vice-chair for undergraduate education at Rutgers University. He is the author of "Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 19441;1969; In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 19651;1982; Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941;" and, with Charles Payne, "Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 19451;1968," He served as an academic adviser to the public television documentary series "Eyes on the Prize," I and II. He is currently completing a volume of his essays on the civil rights movement.
Charles M. Payne is Professor and Bass Fellow, African American Studies, History and Sociology, Duke University
James T. Patterson is Professor of History at Brown University.