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- DescriptionThis is the story of the drive to free the American South from the shackles of legally sanctioned racial segregation. In a lively and compact narrative, John Salmond sets the scene with the first stirrings of revolt prompted by the New Deal and the experiences of blacks in World War II. He then concentrates on the years between the 1954 Supreme Court decision overturning segregated public schools and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the last of the civil rights statutes. Martin Luther King, Jr., plays a central role in the book, for as Mr. Salmond tes, he came to symbolize the moral trajectory of the movement. Yet there were many players in this drama, t all of them in agreement with King's philosophy or tactics, and the author expertly assesses their contributions. My Mind Set on Freedom traces the hesitant reaction of the federal government to growing pressures, and the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mr. Salmond explains why the movement finally collapsed and, in a concluding chapter, shows how the civil rights revolution transformed the American South. His book brings a new clarity to our understanding of this momentous struggle.
- Author BiographyJohn A. Salmond is professor of American history at La Trobe University in Australia. He has written widely on Southern history and is author of Gastonia, 1929: The Conscience of a Lawyer; and A Southern Rebel.
- Author(s)John A. Salmond
- PublisherIvan R Dee, Inc
- Date of Publication01/02/1998
- SubjectCurrent Affairs & Issues
- Series TitleAmerican Ways Series
- Place of PublicationChicago
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIvan R Dee, Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight236 g
- Width167 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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