IN THEIR OWN WORDS by Milton Meltzer
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

A History of the American Negro 1916-1966
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third and concluding volume keeps up the high standard of the series, again takes testimony from the distinguished and the anonymous dispossessed. Listen to Richard Wright telling how to live as a Negro; the letters of the destitute begging for work in the North; Walter White reporting on a race riot; Marcus Garvey exhorting black nationalism; Langston Hughes "In Love With Harlem" and W. E. B. DuBois scoring with irony. Relive the Depression in case studies of suffering in the cities, among tenant farmers and farm bands; attend the advent of social protest--a strike in New Jersey, unionization in the South, a national youth movement (1938), a proposed March on Washington (A. Philip Randolph 1942). A brief look at the Freedom Movement (the Montgomery bus boycott, voter registration in Mississippi) but the heart of the material is the bitter years that went before, making this unique. A detailed calendar of Negro history and a good brief reading list extend the usefulness of a book that is self-evidently essential.
Pub Date: April 14th, 1967
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1967




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