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Martin Luther King's writings, both published and unpublished, which constitute his intellectual legacy are w preserved in this chrologically-arranged, multi-volume edition which reproduces the texts of his letters, speeches, sermons, student papers and articles. The first two volumes cover the years before the start of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. Volume one contains many previously unpublished documents beginning with the letter King wrote to his mother and father during his childhood. We read firsthand his surprise and delight in his first encounter (during a trip to Connecticut) with the less segregated conditions in the North. Through his student essays and exams, we discover King's doubts about the religion of his father and we can trace his theological development. We learn of his longing for the emotional conversion experience that he witnessed others undergoing, and we follow his search to kw God through study at theological seminaries. Throughout the first volume, we are treated to hints of his mature rhetorical abilities, as in his 1945 letter to the Atlanta Constitution that spoke out against white racism. Each volume contains an introductory essay that t
Clayborne Carson is Director and Senior Editor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. A history professor at Stanford University, he is the author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981), and editor of Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) and Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991).