Civil Rights Potpourri

Civil Rights Potpourri

Taylor Branch’s massive Parting the Waters-aspires to be “a history of the civil rights movement” formed out of “knitting together a number of personal stories,” first and foremost that of Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch emphasizes that the book is “not a biography”-for he goes out of his way to consider other activists, especially the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Bob Moses-but he nonetheless builds the book around King, declaring at the outset “[M]y thesis that King’s life is the best and most important metaphor for American history in the watershed postwar years.”

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