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Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964 Hardcover – December 20, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486472566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486472560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Dickson is the author of more than 45 nonfiction books and hundreds of magazine articles. Although he has written on a variety of subjects from ice cream to kite flying to electronic warfare, he now concentrates on writing about the American language, baseball and 20th century history. His most recent titles include Drunk: The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and Slang: A Topical Dictionary of Americanisms.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wellspring46 on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read several books on the civil rights movement in the 1960s, but none of them comes close to portraying the experience of protest from such a personal vantage. Jim Wallace was a student photographer when he made these pictures, and they're all the more powerful when his youth and inexperience are taken into account. Most of the book is set in Chapel Hill, NC. The struggle there wasn't as violent as elsewhere in the South, but there is human drama in almost every picture. Paul Dickson's narrative captions identify the protesters by name, as well as some of the policemen. The end of the book has profiles of the named participants' subsequent activities and where they are now. Amazing where we've come in the past fifty years, but how far we still have to go. Highly recommended for dramatic photography and good-quality printing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jac on March 25, 2012
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The photos in the book document an important and painful period in our history; yet also show the courage and hope that eventually changed our world.

Jim Wallace's photos make their own important contribution to our painful progress in ending discrimination. They capture the tension and emotion of the times in a way that words cannot. Although I was young during that time period, the photos brought back memories long forgotten.

Jim Wallace's moving photos show the faces of the real, everyday people involved. To me, the one of the couple at the end is especially poignant. It could be a number of couples I know today. What a great choice on which to end.

These wonderful, touching photos should be seen by all today so that we do not forget the past as the struggle continues in different ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hallen on March 16, 2012
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I thought 'Courage in the Moment" was just going to be another
review of past altered history. This book was refreshing. I
found it brought out true unaltered history. The real struggle
of honest black people and the hatred of the people in the KKK.
You also saw people of all walks of life trying to help in this
struggle. Thank you Jim Wallace for being there. What due
photographers say, 'F/11 and be there.' But, your caring shows
through. Well done.
hallen
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By Swift OIC Danang on January 31, 2014
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This is a history of the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill North Carolina. The photos are wonderful and accurately depict the time and activities.
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I have to admit to having read a good amount on the Civil Rights struggles in the Deep South during the early 60s, but not really focusing as much on the fight outside of the heart of Dixie. Jim Wallace's photos from his tenure at the Daily Tar Heel enabled me to focus more attention on the battles that took place in and around Chapel Hill from 1961 to 1964. Many of the photos do, of course, pertain to the struggles in Chapel Hill or Carboro. Others, however, are of the 1963 March on Washington. Haunting images of a Klan rally are also included in the book. The captions and commentary accompanying the photos give a good amount of background info to help the reader understand the context of the situations. It seems as if the fight in North Carolina was a good deal less bellicose than in MS or AL, but a fight nonetheless. Today it is easy to forget the way it was for millions of African American citizens and the trials and tribulations that many, both Black and White, went through to change this most pernicious state of affairs. Books like this one can help us remain on guard and vigilant. We can never, ever allow our young people to forget the past and the sacrifices that have led to a much better, albeit far from perfect, present.
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