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But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle Paperback – December 15, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0807846674 ISBN-10: 0807846678 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (December 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807846678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807846674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ÝA valuable addition to the growing scholarship on the evolution of African American social protest in modern America."North Carolina Historical Review"

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"A sophisticated and engaging piece of scholarship, But for Birmingham ranks alongside the best of a new wave of histories which skillfully investigate the relationship between the national, regional and local forces which fashioned the Southern freedom struggle."--American Studies

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Glenn Eskew has detailed the history of the civil rights movement in Birmingham from 1945 to almost the current time. His account is a detailed view of the struggle within the African-American community to find a way to confront segregation that was regnant in Birmingham. He has told a story riveting in its details and close observations. I lived through the period covered as a white liberal in a city undergoing enormous change. I knew many of the players who stride across these pages--Fred Shutttlesworth, Eugene T. "Bull" Connor, Abraham Woods, C. Herbert Oliver,Police Chief E.H. Brown Lucius Pitts, James A. Head, David Vann, Erskine Smith,James Bevels, Tommy Wrenn, Meatball Dothard, John and Addine Drew,Tom King,James Mills,and James A. Simpson. Culiminating in the 1963 marches lead by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr., Eskew shows the interaction of the local civil rights movement impacted by a national movement. Before King ever came to Birmingham the struggle for civil rights was carried on by local people who deserve to be valorized. Eskew does not do this. His careful and balanced interpretations make this history at its best. If you want to know how a city becomes captive to an ideology (segregation of the races) in a way that permeates all of social, political, educational and cultural life it is revealed here. You will see how dissenters are rejected and punished. You will see how newspapers, churches, pastors, businessmen--indeed every segment of society--is made to bow down to the God of Segregation. Eskew is all balance and historical objectivity. I fault his account in only one way, which is subject to argument and interpretation.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Carpenter on November 21, 2012
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"But for Birmingham" is a great resource for those wanting to know what was really taking place in Birmingham during the Civil Rights campaign for Birmingham. I have just published a biography of my father, one of the main characters in this story and one of the clergymen addressed in Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The title of this book about Bishop Charles Colcock Jones Carpenter is "A Powerful Blessing," and I believe those who appreciated "But for Birmingham," will also appreciate this book. ISBN 978-0-9884411-0-1. - Douglas M. Carpenter of Birmingham.
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The detail of the struggle for human rights and dignity was superb. It should be required reading for all students.
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