By Jeanne Theoharis
The civil rights circulation has turn into nationwide legend, lauded via presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as evidence of the facility of yank democracy. This nationwide delusion has shuttered the flow firmly long ago, lowered its scope, obscured the paintings it took and the variety of people that lead it, papered over the forces that stood in its manner, and used it to chastise present-day routine. during this booklet, historian Jeanne Theoharis examines and demanding situations this nationwide myth-making, taking up a number of the authorized tales of the flow to teach them in a miles diverse gentle. Theoharis demanding situations 8 key facets of the fantasy to teach us the a lot broader imaginative and prescient the circulation had, the paintings it took, the range of people that lead it the North and South, and the substantial and protracted obstacles and repression the activists faced.
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