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Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s : A Brief History with Documents

Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s : A Brief History with Documents - 04 edition

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Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2004
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Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s : A Brief History with Documents - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312395056

David Howard-Pitney and Natalie Zemon Davis

ISBN13: 978-0312395056
ISBN10: 0312395051
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

The civil rights movement's most prominent leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and Malcolm X (1925-1965), represent two wings of the revolt against racism: nonviolent resistance and revolution "by any means necessary." This volume presents the two leaders' relationship to the civil rights movement beyond a simplified dualism. A rich selection of speeches, essays, and excerpts from Malcolm X's autobiography and King's sermons shows the breadth and range of each man's philosophy, demonstrating their differences, similarities, and evolution over time. Organized into six topical groups, the documents allow students to compare the leaders' views on subjects including integration, the American dream, means of struggle, and opposing racial philosophies. An interpretive introductory essay, chronology, selected bibliography, document headnotes, and questions for consideration provide further pedagogical support.

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MALCOLM X, AND THE RACIAL LIBERATION STRUGGLE OF THE 1950S AND '60S

The Meeting
King's Background and Rise
King's Background and Role in the Movement
Malcolm's Rise and Influence
Malcolm's Conversion to the Nation of Islam
Malcolm's Psychological, Cultural, and Political Impact
King and Malcolm in Relation: Beyond Dualism
Underlying Similarities
King and Malcolm in American Myth and Memory
King and Malcolm in Total Context: Beyond Simplifications

PART II. THE DOCUMENTS: WORDS AND THEMES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND MALCOLM X

Formative Influencesand Ideas
King: Pilgrimage to Nonviolence (1960)
Vision in the Kitchen (1967)
Malcolm: Selections from The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965): "Nightmare," "Vicious as Vultures," "Mr. Owstrowski," "Conked," "Caught," "Saved"
Social Ends: Racial Integration v. Separatism
King: The Ethical Demands for Integration (1963)
Malcolm: The Black Revolution (1963)
Independence, Not Separatism (1964)
Means of Struggle: Nonviolence v. By Any Means Necessary
King: Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)
Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom (1966)
Malcolm: The Afro-American's Right to Self Defense (1964)
On Revolution (1963)
On America: Dream or Nightmare?
King: I Have A Dream (1961)
Malcolm: "The White Man is a Devil," Selections from the Autobiography (1965): "The Rapist Slavemaster," "Devil-in-the-Flesh," "When We Say 'Devil' We Are Speaking About the Collective White Man's Historical Record," "Pull Off that Liberal's Halo," "What Can I Do?"
God's Judgment on White America (1963)
Critiques of Rival Racial Programs and Philosophies
King: 3 Responses of Oppressed Groups (1958)
King on Black Nationalists and Malcolm X (1965)
The Nightmare of Violence: Regarding the Death of Malcolm X (1965)
Malcolm: Black Bodies with White Heads! (1965)
House & Field Negroes & The Farce on Washington (1963)
King is the White Man's Best Weapon (1963)
Eras of Convergence: Late Directions
King: From Beyond Vietnam (1967)
From Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)
Malcolm: Press Conference on Return From Africa (1964)
Sincere Whites (1965)
I'm Not a Racist (1964)
America Can Have a Bloodless Revolution (1964)
The Ballot or the Bullet (1964)
All of Us Should Be Critics of Each Other (1964)
My Voice Helped Save America & The Goal Has Always Been the Same (1965)
Appendices
Photographs
Questions for Consideration
A Martin Luther King, Jr./Malcolm X Chronology
Selected Bibliography

Index

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