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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 [Kindle Edition]

Taylor Branch
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The first book of a formidable three-volume social history, Parting the Waters is more than just a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the decade preceding his emergence as a national figure. Branch's thousand-page effort, which won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, profiles the key players and events that helped shape the American social landscape following World War II but before the civil-rights movement of the 1960s reached its climax. The author then goes a step further, endeavoring to explain how the struggles evolved as they did by probing the influences of the main actors while discussing the manner in which events conspired to create fertile ground for change.

Timeline of a Trilogy

Taylor Branch's America in the King Years series is both a biography of Martin Luther King and a history of his age. No timeline can do justice to its wide cast of characters and its intricate web of incident, but here are some of the highlights, which might be useful as a scorecard to the trilogy's nearly 3,000 pages.

King The King Years
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
May: At age 25, King gives his first sermon as pastor-designate of Montgomery's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. 1954 May: French surrender to Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu. Unanimous Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board outlaws segregated public education.
December: Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott, which King is drafted to lead. 1955
October: King spends his first night in jail, following his participation in an Atlanta sit-in. 1960 February: Four students attempting to integrate a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter spark a national sit-in movement.
April: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee is founded.
November: Election of President John F. Kennedy
May: The Freedom Rides begin, drawing violent responses as they challenge segregation throughout the South. King supports the riders during an overnight siege in Montgomery. 1961 July: SNCC worker Bob Moses arrives for his first summer of voter registration in rural Mississippi.
August: East German soldiers seal off West Berlin behind the Berlin Wall.
March: J. Edgar Hoover authorizes the bugging of Stanley Levinson, King's closest white advisor. 1962 September: James Meredith integrates the University of Mississippi under massive federal protection.
April: King, imprisoned for demonstrating in Birmingham, writes the "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
May: Images of police violence against marching children in Birmingham rivet the country.
August: King delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech before hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington.
September: The Ku Klux Klan bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church kills four young girls.
1963 June: Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers assassinated.
November: President Kennedy assassinated.
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
November: Lyndon Johnson, in his first speech before Congress as president, promises to push through Kennedy's proposed civil rights bill.
March: King meets Malcolm X for the only time during Senate filibuster of civil rights legislation.
June: King joins St. Augustine, Florida, movement after months of protests and Klan violence.
October: King awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and campaigns for Johnson's reelection.
November: Hoover calls King "the most notorious liar in the country" and the FBI sends King an anonymous "suicide package" containing scandalous surveillance tapes.
1964 January: Johnson announces his "War on Poverty."
March: Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam following conflict with its leader, Elijah Muhammad.
June: Hundreds of volunteers arrive in the South for SNCC's Freedom Summer, three of whom are soon murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
July: Johnson signs Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
August: Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution authorizing military force in Vietnam. Democratic National Convention rebuffs the request by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to be seated in favor of all-white state delegation.
November: Johnson wins a landslide reelection.
January: King's first visit to Selma, Alabama, where mass meetings and demonstrations will build through the winter. 1965 February: Malcolm X speaks in Selma in support of movement, three weeks before his assassination in New York by Nation of Islam members.
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68
March: Voting rights movement in Selma peaks with "Bloody Sunday" police attacks and, two weeks later, a successful march of thousands to Montgomery.
August: King rebuffed by Los Angeles officials when he attempts to advocate reforms after the Watts riots.
March: First U.S. combat troops arrive in South Vietnam. Johnson's "We Shall Overcome" speech makes his most direct embrace of the civil rights movement.
May: Vietnam "teach-in" protest in Berkeley attracts 30,000.
June: Influential federal Moynihan Report describes the "pathologies" of black family structure.
August: Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act. Five days later, the Watts riots begin in Los Angeles.
January: King moves his family into a Chicago slum apartment to mark his first sustained movement in a Northern city.
June: King and Stokely Carmichael continue James Meredith's March Against Fear after Meredith is shot and wounded. Carmichael gives his first "black power" speech.
July: King's marches for fair housing in Chicago face bombs, bricks, and "white power" shouts.
1966 February: Operation Rolling Thunder, massive U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, begins.
May: Stokely Carmichael wins the presidency of SNCC and quickly turns the organization away from nonviolence.
October: National Organization for Women founded, modeled after black civil rights groups.
April: King's speech against the Vietnam War at New York's Riverside Church raises a storm of criticism
December: King announces plans for major campaign against poverty in Washington, D.C., for 1968.
1967 May: Huey Newton leads Black Panthers in armed demonstration in California state assembly.
June: Johnson nominates former NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court.
July: Riots in Newark and Detroit.
October: Massive mobilization against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C.
March: King joins strike of Memphis sanitation workers.
April: King gives his "Mountaintop" speech in Memphis. A day later, he is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel.
1968 January: In Tet Offensive, Communist guerillas stage a surprise coordinated attack across South Vietnam.
March: Johnson cites divisions in the country over the war for his decision not to seek reelection in 1968.

Pressestimmen

David Levering Lewis The Philadelphia Inquirer Endlessly instructive and fascinating, thorough, stupendous. Now the source and standard in its field.

Robert C. Maynard The Washington Post Book World In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of King and his times yet produced.

Richard John Neuhaus The Wall Street Journal A compelling story, masterfully told.

Jim Miller Newsweek A masterpiece ... remarkably revealing.... The past, miraculously, seems to spring back to life.

Garry Wills The New York Review of Books Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad...There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud.

Robert Wilson USA Today Superb history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 1088 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Reprint (16. April 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000QCSA0Y
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive and moving 30. Juni 2000
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I was bored by historical books. That was until I opened the first page of Taylor Branch's book. His ability to mix history, narrative and personal descriptions of the people involded in the civil rights movement made my reading extremely enjoyable, informative and captivating. At times I wad moved to tears and almost no book has had that effect on me so far. The book does not only focus on M.L. King himself and all the other characters involved made me feel part of a broader struggle for more humanity. It has been months since I read the book and my first impressions have remained as strong, I would advice it to anyone who wants to have fun, to be moved and learn at the same time. The civil rights movement is an essential part of history, you should read the book for your personal development, that is, development of your mind and of your heart. Just wonderful!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Indispensable lesson in American history 6. April 2000
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"Parting the Waters" brings vividly to life one of the most essential chapters in American history: the arduous struggles of African-Americans between 1954 and 1963 to secure the civil rights denied to them by nearly a century of organized opposition of the states and indifference on the part of the federal government.
The book succeeds brilliantly on many levels: as a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., it captures the greatness of the man without cleansing him of flaws. As a political primer, it de-romanticizes the Kennedy administration, portraying John and his brother Robert as hard-nosed realists who were not unwilling to turn their backs on the civil rights movement if they felt that support would endanger their chances of re-election. As a People's history, it pays detailed homage to the foot soldiers who fought in the backwaters of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia to dismantle the mountain of segregation. Men and women whom you may never have heard of will capture your imagination: James Bevel, Diane Nash, Septima Clark, Robert Moses, James Lawson, and Charles Sherrod, to name but a few who literally risked their lives to force America to live up to its ideals of equality of opportunity. And to those who would congratulate America on its successes in the field of civil rights, it offers a telling antidote to that self-congratulation in its recounting of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI's determined opposition to King and its tireless efforts to discredit him and the movement.
Most of all, however, "Parting the Waters" reaffirms for me that great history is the province of the writer, not of the video documentarian.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a vast, comprehensive epic 9. Februar 1998
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I began this book not especially interested in the history of the civil rights movement. I, over the past few years, have become something of a Cold War history buff, researching important events on both sides of the Iron Curtain and trying to piece them together into a comprehensive narrative. Since Parting the Waters covers an important timespan of American Cold War history, I figured, what the hell, I'll get some dirt and a greater understanding of a specific American struggle. Once I began, there was no stopping. At over 900 pages, it is certainly a daunting undertaking, but the past comes alive in a thouroughly engrossing and utterly fascinating epic of the horrors and triumphs of the early years of the struggle for freedom. From Alabama courtrooms where a black man is sentenced to death for stealing $1.98 from a white man to the march on Washington, every major event (at least as far as I know as I was neither born during this time nor have I ever been further south than South Carolina--excepting Miami, but how southern is Miami?) that shook the world to a greater understanding and a more fully balanced conscience. I must applaud the author for making this wonderful book so tremendously engaging and exciting. It is an accomplished, well-researched, absolutely deserving masterpiece of histoical writing that pulls everything into the appropriate context, anti-Communist fervor and all.--Lance Polin
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As race has been a defining issue in American politics for the last two centuries, no understanding of our time can be complete without a thorough knowledge of the civil rights movement. This book, beautifully written and carefully researched, is the most comprehensive picture of the early part of the civil rights movement that I have seen. Engaging as a story, this book manages to capture the full flavor of that great tide that swept away the old 'Jim Crow' south.
Taylor presents it all: the protagonists, the movements and counter movements, the outrages that helped turn public opinion, the individual dramas that played out against the larger conflict. Never boring and never doctrinaire, this book builds chapter by chapter, a momentum just as the movement did, leading up to the triumphant March on Washington.
Though Martin Luther King, Jr. is central to the story, this is not a King bio, nor does it deny space and attention to those others, black and white, who played key roles during this time. This is simply a fascinating book on a very important subject. I suspect it will be read as the definitive view of this period for some time. It is hard to imagine it being topped.
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martin luther king, john f. kennedy in einer entscheidenden phase der bürgerechtsbewegung, illustriert so nah wie möglich an den quellen, gleichzeitig spannend... Lesen Sie weiter...
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Branch's efforts to convey the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement under Martin Luther King, Jr., covering the watershed years is highly admirable, comprehensive and engaging. Lesen Sie weiter...
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I purchased this because I am interested in King, the Civil Rights Movement and because I grew up during this timeframe and wanted to know more. Lesen Sie weiter...
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When I picked up this book I wasn't particularly interested in Martin Luther King. I wanted to find out more about the Civil Rights era. Lesen Sie weiter...
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I read this book knowing that it would be exhaustively detailed and indeed it was. I was surprised, however, at how much I enjoyed it, and how engaging it was. Lesen Sie weiter...
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