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Down to the Crossroads

Civil Rights, Black Power, And The Meredith March Against Fear

By Aram Goudsouzian

In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi, on foot. His plan was to walk from Memphis to Jackson, leading a “March Against Fear” that would promote black voter registration and defy the entrenched racism of the region. But on the march’s second day, he was shot by a mysterious gunman, a moment captured in a harrowing and now iconic photograph.
     What followed was one of the central dramas of the civil rights era. With Meredith in the hospital, the leading figures of the civil rights movement flew to Mississippi to carry on his effort. They quickly found themselves confronting southern law enforcement officials, local activists, and one another. In the span of only three weeks, Martin Luther King, Jr., narrowly escaped a vicious mob attack; protesters were teargassed by state police; Lyndon Johnson refused to intervene; and the charismatic young activist Stokely Carmichael first led the chant that would define a new kind of civil rights movement: Black Power.
     Aram Goudsouzian’s Down to the Crossroads is the story of the last great march of the King era, and the first great showdown of the turbulent years that followed. Depicting rural demonstrators’ courage and the impassioned debates among movement leaders, Goudsouzian reveals the legacy of an event that would both integrate African Americans into the political system and inspire even bolder protests against it. Full of drama and contemporary resonances, this book is civil rights history at its best.

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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Goudsouzian, Aram
Summary: "On June 5, 1966, the civil rights hero James Meredith left Memphis, Tennessee, on foot. Setting off toward Jackson, Mississippi, he hoped his march would promote Black voter registration and defy racism. The next day, he was shot by a mysterious white man and transferred to a hospital. What followed was one of the key dramas of the civil rights era ... Tracking rural demonstrators' courage and impassioned debates among movement leaders, [the author] reveals the complex legacy of an event that would both integrate African Americans into the political system and inspire an era of bolder protests against it"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Down to the crossroads : civil rights, Black power, and the Meredith march against fear / Aram Goudsouzian.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Subject: Meredith, James, 1933- Civil rights demonstrations -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. Voter registration -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. Racism -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. African American civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography. Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography. African American college students -- Mississippi -- Biography. African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. Black power -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. Mississippi -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Isbn: 9780374192204 (hbk.) 0374192200 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 323.1196 Gou
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Format: Book
Author: Goudsouzian, Aram.
Summary: "On June 5, 1966, the civil rights hero James Meredith left Memphis, Tennessee, on foot. Setting off toward Jackson, Mississippi, he hoped his march would promote Black voter registration and defy racism. The next day, he was shot by a mysterious white man and transferred to a hospital. What followed was one of the key dramas of the civil rights era ... Tracking rural demonstrators' courage and impassioned debates among movement leaders, [the author] reveals the complex legacy of an event that would both integrate African Americans into the political system and inspire an era of bolder protests against it"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Down to the crossroads : civil rights, Black power, and the Meredith march against fear / Aram Goudsouzian.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Description: 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Subjects: Meredith, James, 1933-
Subjects: Civil rights demonstrations -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Voter registration -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Racism -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: African American civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Subjects: Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Subjects: African American college students -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Subjects: African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Black power -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Mississippi -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Other Title: Down to the cross roads : civil rights, Black power, and the Meredith march against fear
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: A new day -- The Bible and the gun -- Leaving Egypt -- Bargains in blood -- Daylight breaking -- Registering is all right -- The world is watching -- Everybody should have their march -- Standing tall -- Politics and poverty -- Down to the crossroads -- The crow and the blackbird -- Delta blues -- Brotherly love -- The prize bull -- The shadow of death -- Uninvited guests -- We're the greatest -- Dreams and nightmares -- Highway 51 revisited.
LCCN: 2013033911
ISBN: 9780374192204 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0374192200 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 323.1196 Gou