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Diary of a Sit-In
This is the first-person account of Proudfoot, who participated in the 1960 sit-in in Knoxville, Tennessee. This diary comments with modesty, directness, and a deep sense of Christian responsibility on the individuals, the organizations, and the races involved and upon social justice in general. It is a book of great authority, in the New Testament sense of that word.
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 1962)
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This is an interesting book because the white clergyman/professor who wrote it is both a good observer and a subjective participant who has plenty of racist and patronizing tendencies. Gave me a better idea of the dynamics at play in the sit-in movement (in one city, from one perspective) and struck me as basically an earnest, accountable and grounded attempt at telling that important story of civil rights struggle by paying more attention to material reality and power politics than to bullshit ...more
Top 10 Non-Fiction books I've read. Proudfoot, could have been a sociologist with the thick insight and prose he entails in the book. It isn't simply a "diary" it's an analyzation of a shameful era of America. Not only do you get the "black perspective" of the sit-ins via his fellow war-mates in the diner with black skin, you get the perspective of the very owners, whites, of these restaurants, and hypocritical "Christian-Loving" fellow white preachers who feel blacks are "Beneath them" and dont ...more