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First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson

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“Brings together not only an extraordinary set of documents by and about the postbaseball Robinson but, through these letters, an extraordinary account of the times.” —Gerald Early, BookForum

Jackie Robinson’s courage on the baseball diamond is one of the great stories of the civil rights struggle, but he was a fighter off the field as well. In First Class Citizenship, Mich
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Holt Paperbacks (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Rick
Jan 09, 2008 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a Christmas book I was planning on re-gifting but ended up starting and finding Robinson's letters surprisingly engaging. I’ve read enough on the civil rights movement to know that Robinson was very active in it but the letters represent quite an inside view of his involvement. Letters to and from King, Wilkins, Malcom X, Powell, and Bunche, and to and from Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Humphrey, Bowles, Rockefeller, Goldwater, and others. Robinson worked hard to nurse the libera ...more
Josh
Feb 12, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this was not a biography of Jackie Robinson, it was a good depiction as to the life and times of the Civil Rights movement.
MsBrie
How i love the New Item Shelf at the library!

This definately passed the random page test
Larry
Feb 10, 2008 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent review of letters that reveal the heart of a devout Christian patriotic civil rights leader who was also a phenomenal baseball player and a man of great courage
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