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Early C20th American culture and dissent

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
Henry Hampton & Steve Frayer (eds)


In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer draw upon nearly 1,000 interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the civil rights movement told by the people who lived it. Join brave and terrified youngsters walking through a jeering mob and up the steps of Central High School in Little Rock; share in the pivotal confrontation between the Freedom Riders and Klansmen; sit in on the founding of the Black Panther party with Huey Newton and Bobby Seale; listen to the vivid voices of the ordinary people who manned the barricades, the laborers, the students, the housewives without whom there would have been no civil rights movements at all; read the memorable words of Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Tom Hayden, Walter Mondale, Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis, Jessie Jackson, and many more.

This remarkable oral history brings to life country’s great struggle for civil rights as no conventional narrative can. You will hear the voices of those who defied the blackjacks, who went to jail, who witnessed and policed the movement; of those who stood for and against it – voices from the heart of America. Marches and murders, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, JFK and LBJ – from the bus boycott in Montgomery to busing in Boston, from the marches on Selma to the riots in Miami, Voices of Freedom illuminates the long, impassioned, sometimes painful and sometimes joyful struggle for a truly democratic society thatcontinues today.

Paperback, 720pp
Bantam, 1991
ISBN 9780553352320