Learning the pivotal moments in America’s civil rights struggle with Taylor BranchHistorians in the News
tags: civil rights movement
...[Taylor] Branch is best known for his trilogy of books on Martin Luther King’s life and the civil rights movement, which are meticulously researched and extremely long. (The paperback version of the first book, “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963,“ is 1,088 pages.) In a recent interview, Branch said that he had never anticipated writing a book for schools, but in his travels, teachers would repeatedly ask him for help in understanding and teaching the subject.
“I believe storytelling and things that are personal are the best point of entry for anybody, but it does make for a long and sprawling text,” he said. “And people ask me, ‘Do I regret doing all of that? And should I have written this short little book from the beginning?’ ”
Of course not, he said. Indeed, without the intimate knowledge he learned of the period during his many years of research, he couldn’t have adequately assembled a 190-page (in paperback) book that highlights the key moments of the King years, drawn from his trilogy. (The other two books in the trilogy are “Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65″ and “At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68.”)...
comments powered by Disqus
- No President Has Pardoned Himself, But Governors and A Drunk Mayor Have
- Nixon sometimes met with leaders without his own translator
- How do you memorialize fallen in a war without end?
- NYT begins new series depicting lives of people on the front lives of the civil rights movement
- "Game of Thrones" creators sell show to HBO that imagines a world in which the Confederacy won
- Historian and Novelist Thomas Fleming Has Passed Away at Age 90
- Steven Salaita, Whose Revoked Job Offer Inflamed Higher Ed, Says He’s Leaving Academe
- When did higher education become partisan?
- One reason H.R. McMaster and Trump don't have a close relationship
- Rick Perlstein joins criticism of Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains"