In the spate of books recently published which deal with the American Negro's struggle for equal rights and opportunities,...

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FREEDOM NOW: The Civil Rights Struggle in America

In the spate of books recently published which deal with the American Negro's struggle for equal rights and opportunities, each has its own particular virtues and shortcomings. Both the strengths and weaknesses of this one lie in its omnibus character; obviously, with the inclusion of 51 articles representing the views of many different spokesmen, there is bound to be some distortion, even misrepresentation. And with such people as James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, A. Phillip Randolph, and Martin Luther King -- not to mention the several white liberals present -- all contending between the covers of a single volume, seeming agreements or disagreements among them will necessarily mislead the otherwise uninformed reader. Yet, having indicated these liabilities, one can only admire the impressive comprehensiveness and even unity which have been achieved here. No one concerned with the contemporary social and political conflict should be without it as an index to the multifarious problems involved.

Pub Date: June 1, 1964

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Publisher: Basic Books

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964