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"Provides another piece of the puzzle as we seek a fuller understanding of the civil rights movement beyond Birmingham, Selma, Atlanta, and all the other places that have dominated movement literature for decades." --Cynthia Griggs Fleming, The Journal of Southern History, February 2013

"Provocative and accessible, ARSNICK offers unprecedented insight and new topics previously missing from civil rights history...a compelling read." --Journal of African American History, Spring 2013

"Wallach and Kirk’s volume is an excellent starting point for understanding SNCC’s statewide campaigns." --H-Net Reviews, January 2012

“John Kirk and Jennifer Jensen Wallach come along and show us that Arkansas SNCC is a veritable gold-mine of historical evidence. It’s a humbling and wonderful part of the scholarly process to be taken to task by others who find new approaches and new sources. In this case, Wallach and Kirk note that the stories coming out of ‘ARSNICK,’ or the Arkansas branch of SNCC, significantly challenge the ‘master narrative’ of the organization. I would add that the evidence they uncover has the potential to challenge the master narrative of the civil rights movement as a whole." --Wesley Hogan in Arkansas Review

"The battle to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock is widely recognized as one of the seminal moments in US history. But aside from this incident, historians have largely ignored the struggle for civil rights in Arkansas. This collection of essays, memoirs, and documents seeks to fill this gap. ... Indeed, in the coming years, these sources should provide a springboard for much-needed additional scholarship on these very subjects." -Choice, Dec. 2011

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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) arrived in Arkansas in October 1962 at the request of the Arkansas Council on Human Relations, the state affiliate of the Southern Regional Council. SNCC efforts began with Bill Hansen, a young white Ohioan--already an early veteran of the civil rights movement--who traveled to Little Rock in the early sixties to help stimulate student sit-in movements promoting desegregation. Thanks in large part to SNCC's bold initiatives, most of Little Rock's public and private facilities were desegregated by 1963, and in the years that followed many more SNCC volunteers rushed to the state to set up projects across the Arkansas Delta to help empower local people to take a stand against racial discrimination. In the five short years before it disbanded, the SNCC's Arkansas Project played a pivotal part in transforming the state, yet this fascinating branch of the national organization has barely garnered a footnote in the history of the civil rights movement. This collection serves as a corrective by bringing articles on SNCC's activities in Arkansas together for the first time, by providing powerful firsthand testimonies, and by collecting key historical documents from SNCC's role in the region's emergence from the slough of southern injustice.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557289662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557289667
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, my name is John A. Kirk and I am George W. Donaghey Professor and Chair of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).

My research interests cover several strands.

The first is the "short" civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s which centers on the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The second is the "long civil rights movement" that looks at the origins and legacies of struggles for racial justice in the 1950s and 1960s.

The third is a focus on African American History and civil rights in the state of Arkansas.

My teaching reflects my research interests covering topics such as King's leadership, local civil rights struggles, and African American, southern, and US history in the twentieth century.

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Arsnick tells a story of grassroots civil rights activity over shadowed by earlier events in Lille Rock and more dramatic ones in Mississippi and elsewhere. Told by the participants themselves, it has an immediacy and directness. It tells of the vital but short-lived role of SNCC and its transition from integration to Black Power.
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