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Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear

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In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi, on foot. His plan was to walk from Memphis to Jackson, leading a "March Against Fear" that would promote black voter registration and defy the entrenched rac ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Frank Richardson
Mar 01, 2014 Frank Richardson rated it it was amazing
This book has my first 2 requirements. It is short (262 pages) and readable. It tells of the Meredith March against fear going from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. Covering the role of all black leaders involves including the iconic James Meredith who is described as a loner, who continues to go his own way. The acerbic Stokely Carmichael and the thoughtful Martin Luther King also receive a great deal of space. The brutality the marchers endured
is described including the attempted murde
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Julia
Mar 21, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
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Very readable and interesting...I especially liked the parts about voter registration!
Susan Stonesifer
Sep 16, 2015 Susan Stonesifer rated it really liked it
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A fascinating portrait of the next year after Selma. Politics, Vietnam, and the burgeoning tremors of black power are all woven into this tale of James Meredith's march in Mississippi. It begins with him, but after being shot, many leaders of the disparate civil rights groups try to come together to continue it.
Sloan
May 05, 2014 Sloan rated it really liked it
Well-written piece of history about the civil rights movement with which I wasn't very familiar. On reading the book I learned that perhaps part of the reason for my ignorance was the fact the Commercial Appeal chose not to cover the march, apparently in the continuing hope that the "civil rights mess" would just go away.
Patricia
Mar 04, 2016 Patricia rated it really liked it
This march was just a small part of the Civil Rights movement, but many of the main characters of that time participated. The author was able to pull together all of their stories into what felt like a cohesive overview of the history of that era. It was a good start to my reading for my trip through the South.
John
Jun 20, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Clearly written history of a march that has not received much attention. Details, without prejudice, a hinge point in the civil rights movement. Especially relevant in light of the appalling racial developments of the spring of 2015.
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"Research and interviews on the events and personalities involved in the Meredith March provides a deeper look into the stories of the locals involved in the movement."
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