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Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement's spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength.
Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page of The New York Times, James Reston marks the movement's apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded "I Have a Dream" speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement's progress a decade later in her article "Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington." And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed.
Voices in Our Blood is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and Voices in Our Blood tells us how we got this far--and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.
This powerful anthology contains works from:
Maya Angelou - Russell Baker - James Baldwin - Taylor Branch - Hodding Carter - Ellis Cose - Stanley Crouch - Ralph Ellison - William Faulkner - Marshall Frady - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Peter Goldman - David Halberstam - Alex Haley - Elizabeth Hardwick - Charlayne Hunter-Gault - Murray Kempton - John Lewis - Louis E. Lomax - Benjamin E. Mays - Willie Morris - Flannery O'Connor - Walker Percy - Howell Raines - James Reston - Carl T. Rowan - John Steinbeck - William Styron - Calvin Trillin - Alice Walker - Robert Penn Warren - Pat Watters - Bernard Weinraub - Eudora Welty - Rebecca West - E. B. White - Gary Wills - Tom Wolfe - Richard Wright
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Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who teaches at Vanderbilt University and at The University of the South, is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He lives in Nashville and in Sewanee with his wife and children.
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