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Reporting Civil Rights, Part Two by Clayborne Carson
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Apr 27, 12

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Read from March 06 to April 27, 2012

The first volume of the Library of America RCR tracks the rising energy of the Civil Rights Movement; volume 2 chronicles the decline into the chaos of the late 60s. It's a depressing read, but there's nothing that can be done about that; it's simply what happened. I would have liked just a bit more indication that the critiques of the chauvinism of the Black Power Movement were beginning as the story unfolded; see Toni Cade's anthology The Black Woman for the supplement. But most of the problems I have with the collection have to do with the fact that it really ends in 1970 rather than 1973 (the last couple of essays are essentially a token coda). I'd really like a third volume, which covers the transiton from Civil Rights to Black Power (both aspects of the longer African Americna Freedom Movement). It would have been nice to have had an excerpt from Eldridge Cleaver or Gwendolyn Brooks' Report From Part One.

Quibbles aside, an absolutely indispensable source for anyone intersted in a crucial phase of American history.
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