Changes in the Civil Rights Movement Book Review by Nicky

Changes in the Civil Rights Movement
An analysis of the book "My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered" by Howell Raines.
# 144831 | 1,488 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines the book "My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered" that addresses the changes in the Civil Rights movement between 1941 and 1968. The paper looks at how this book puts the Civil Rights movement in perspective by interviewing a wide range of Civil Rights participants and leaders. The paper discusses the memories of these influential people that indicate just how difficult the fight was, and how determined each one of them was to see equality and justice in America.

From the Paper:

"Civil Rights organizations began to form in the 1940s, and gained momentum until the Civil Rights laws were passed in 1964 and 1965. During that time, many African Americans worked diligently to gain rights and equality for Black Americans, and many died in the fight for freedom. The earliest organizations, like the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), morphed into organizations that are more familiar today, such as the Committee of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). These organizations all worked hard to end racial inequality, and most of them subscribed to the non-violent techniques of Gandhi, who had accomplished so much with these techniques in India, and won freedom from British oppression and rule in the process. Non-violence was the perfect solution for these groups, because many whites were intensely afraid of the black Civil Rights Movement, and they could have responded to this "threat" with violence, (and many did anyway). By acting non-violently, the African Americans gave no cause for violence, and by not condoning it, they showed they could reach their goals peacefully, without the need for violence or abuse."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Raines, Howell. My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered, New York: Penguin, 1983.

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