Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65

Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65

Taylor Branch

Language: English

Pages: 768

ISBN: 0684848090

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.

In the second volume of his three-part history, a monumental trilogy that began with Parting the Waters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Taylor Branch portrays the Civil Rights Movement at its zenith, recounting the climactic struggles as they commanded the national stage.

















even hoped for, martyrs…[which] is not exactly admirable either.”) Moses then joined the converging rush to Mississippi behind SNCC chairman John Lewis of Atlanta and Dick Gregory of Chicago, who followed James Farmer of New York in a caravan of movement cars from Meridian past a roadblock at the Neshoba County line and on to an unproductive interview with Sheriff Rainey in Philadelphia. More than fifty state troopers pushed milling crowds off the courthouse square to stare from store windows at

maritime neutrality, Herrick retreated swiftly for open sea to protect the secrecy of the DESOTO mission. Much to his surprise, the high-speed PT boats doggedly pursued the Maddox some twenty-five miles offshore, where they opened fire with torpedoes that missed and machine guns that fared poorly against the U.S. destroyer’s heavier 5-inch cannon. Herrick’s distress signal scrambled pilots from the nearby carrier Ticonderoga—“This is no drill,” announced the startled intercom dispatcher. “I

leaders from both political parties rallied when Johnson—saying, “I think I know what the reaction would be if we tucked our tails”—proposed limited airstrikes against North Vietnam. Three senators thought the word “limited” sounded too mild. Final authorization for airstrikes flashed from Washington to carriers in the Tonkin Gulf at 7:22 P.M., and at 8:01 Walter Jenkins interrupted the congressional war council with word from Deke DeLoach that Sullivan’s FBI team had just located all three

Democratic leaders as revolutionaries who “would sell the birthright of our nation” to install “an alien philosophy of government.” Having arranged by recent state law to expunge President Johnson and his running mate from Alabama ballots in November, so that Wallace himself could allocate “Democratic” votes in the Electoral College (eventually to Goldwater), Wallace notified convention leaders that he cared little whether or not they unseated his Alabama delegation over this supercession of the

four stores: Hearings, House Judiciary Subcommittee No. 5, May 28, 1963, p. 1285. galvanized many sharecroppers: Branch, Parting, pp. 712-25. on February 25 and 26: Story of Greenwood, Mississippi, Folkways Record FD5593. federal staff investigator: Chester Relyea of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission was arrested at the Greenwood bus station when he arrived on March 15 to investigate the cutoff of surplus foods and the lunch programs in the local public schools. New Orleans Times-Picayune,

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