By Jeanne Theoharis
The civil rights flow has develop into nationwide legend, lauded by means of presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as evidence of the ability of yank democracy. This nationwide myth has shuttered the circulation firmly some time past, lowered its scope, obscured the paintings it took and the variety of people that lead it, papered over the forces that stood in its method, and used it to chastise present-day hobbies. during this booklet, historian Jeanne Theoharis examines and demanding situations this nationwide myth-making, taking up a number of the approved tales of the flow to teach them in a far varied gentle. Theoharis demanding situations 8 key facets of the myth to teach us the a lot broader imaginative and prescient the move had, the paintings it took, the range of people that lead it the North and South, and the huge and chronic boundaries and repression the activists faced.
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A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis