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Voices of freedom : an oral history of the civil rights movement, from the 1950s through the 1980s /
Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer with Sarah Flynn.
New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 1990.
xxviii, 692 p. : ill.
0553057340 :
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New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 1990.
0553057340 :
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-02-15:
The PBS series Eyes on the Prize, parent to a narrative history of the U.S. civil right movement (of the same name, LJ 1/87), now begets a second book, excerpts from the project's interview bank. The book's 32 episodes, starting with the 1955 Emmett Till lynching, include triumphs like Selma and Birmingham alongside the Detroit riots of 1967, Attica, the Black Panthers, and other legacies tragic or ambiguous. The cross-currents and complexities of history are well attended to--as Andrew Young and Stokely Carmichael, for example, argue the role of whites--in the voices of some who won fame, many who did not, and a few who opposed the movement. The selections are brief, cleanly edited with light annotation, and wider ranging than those of another fine oral history, Howell Raines's My Soul is Rested (LJ 9/1/77). Recommended for general readers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89.-- Robert F. Nardini, N. Chichester, N.H.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1989-12-28:
As the authors graphically show, participating in civil rights marches, sit-ins and Freedom Rides took moral stamina and raw nerve. The heroines and heroes of the movement receive a stirring tribute in this oral history, a tie-in to the TV series Eyes on the Prize , which Hampton produced and Fayer wrote. The book is organized in 31 chapters around key events, with demonstrators offering complementary perspectives. We hear from ordinary people along with well-known activists Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson and Stokely Carmichael; public officials John Conyers and Nicholas Katzenbach; Black Panthers Huey Newton and Bobby Seale; Alex Haley, Coretta Scott King, Ossie Davis, Tom Hayden, Michael Harrington, Harry Belafonte. Collectively the testimonies reveal how far America has progressed in the drive for equality and how far it still has to go. History Book Club and QPB selections; author tour. (Feb.)
Appeared in Choice on 1990-06:
Although created as a companion to the popular and critically acclaimed Eyes on the Prize television series, this book stands on its own as an excellent review of the civil rights movement as recalled by participants. The work is divided into 30 sections, from Emmett Till's murder and the Montgomery bus boycott in the mid-1950s to busing in Boston in the 1970s and the Miami riots of 1980. About half the sections deal with the movement in the South before 1965, and about half with racial tensions in the North after 1965. Each section includes 10 to 30 oral memoirs, well edited and coherently arranged. Each section has a brief introduction, and the contributors of each selection are identified. None of the interviews are contemporary with the events described; all are from the thousand interviews done by the "Eyes" production staff beginning in the 1970s. Most of the interviewees were advocates of civil rights, but there are a few opposing voices. Many famous names are included, but there are also selections from ordinary people caught up in great events. Index and civil rights bibliography. Highly recommended for libraries at all levels.-T. H. Baker, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Publishers Weekly, December 1989
Library Journal, February 1990
School Library Journal, May 1990
Choice, June 1990
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