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The Eyes on the Prize - Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Fighters, 1954-1990 [Paperback]

Clayborne Carson
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30 Jan 1992 Eyes on the Prize
A record of the American civil rights movement. Included are speeches by Martin Luther King Jr, and his "Letter from Birmingham City Jail", an interview with Rosa Parks, selections from "Malcolm X Speaks"; Black Panther Bobby Seale's "Seize the Time", a piece by Herman Badillo on the infamous Attica prison uprising; addresses by Harold Washington, Jesse Jackson, Nelson Mandela and much more.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall; Reprint edition (30 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140154035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140154030
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of primary sources 23 Feb 2013
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Arrived dead quick, in great condition and is a brilliant collection of primary evidence. Some is very familiar material, some more unusual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valued companion to the study of the Civil Rights Movement 12 April 2000
By Eric V. Moye - Published on Amazon.com
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I think that this book is a valued companion to Taylor Branch's epic work "Parting the Waters". Together, they make an unbeatable pair of study aids for one of America's most turbulent periods.
While P.T.W. is a more dispassionate third person chronicle, E.O.T.P. is more personally driven. It brings to life individuals like Bayard Rustin, Stokley Carmichael, John Lewis and other giants (known and obscure) of the movement. Events from the Till lynching to the Attica riots as seen through the eyes of those on the scene (sometimes, those making the scene).
Fascinating reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Hand Documents Bring You There 30 Jun 2004
By J. J. Kwashnak - Published on Amazon.com
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When you get involved in studying political events and movements, ultimately there is going to be some disagreement on interpretations. While the Civil Righs Movement has suffered less revisionist history than many events of the last century, it is still valuable to go to the source documents and read about events in the words of those who participated in history or who made history. I agree that this book works well in tandem with another more narrative history, such as Eyes on the Prize, or Partin the Waters. But the compilers have done an excellent job of grouping by topics, with clear introductions putting the pieces that follow into proper place. I was surprised - I feared that this would be more dry of a read than it was. Instead I found myself pulled along, especially by some riveting first hand accounts of events such as the Attica riots. Another big plus for the book is that it brings the documents and the struggles into the 1980's, when first published. Many books ont he Civil Rights Movement cover until 1965, or 1968, this one keeps events in the 1970's and 80's relevant to what came before. I highly recommend this for anyone who is looking to feel as if they were there for these struggles, and understand our history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Begin Learning 24 Nov 2001
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This is a great book to get get a background on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's. I read it when I began trying to learn about the CRM and some of the key players.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative 1 Feb 2009
By Ashley Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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I took a history of civil rights course in college, and this book was one of the required reading materials. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I liked how the author included first hand accounts from individuals who actually lived during the civil rights movement. Before I read this book I only knew about two civil rights leaders- MLK Jr. and Malcolm X. I learned about other leaders and organizations such as Thurgood Marshall, SCLC, SNCC, and CORE. This is a must read because it will open your eyes to the civil rights struggle.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. 28 May 2014
By Carlos - Published on Amazon.com
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Every page is enlightening. I especially loved Malcolm X's "Message to the Grassroots".

Overall a great reference book, one I expect to stay relevant longer than I will.
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