Subtitled ""The Story of Integration Since the 1954 Supreme Court Decision,"" this is a retelling of events of which, one...

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THE YEARS OF PRELUDE

Subtitled ""The Story of Integration Since the 1954 Supreme Court Decision,"" this is a retelling of events of which, one might be inclined to believe, none of us should need to be reminded. Yet even those Americans most actively interested in the cause of civil rights will be amazed at what a long and complex story -- or rather, beginning to a story -- it has been, and how much of it most of us have already allowed to become blurred and vague, if not forgotten. So many of the names -- Governor Faubus, Autherine Lucy, James Meredith, even Medger Evers -- have suddenly been metamorphosed from news into history. This book is history, and certainly the first successful application, of that discipline to the ""American Negro Revolution."" Mr. Muse has put the historians best tool to excellent use here: he quotes very well, and often. He has done a thorough, first-rate job of it all, and his eminently fair, cool, almost conciliatory tone throughout must be particularly commended.

Pub Date: May 17, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1964