Charles Marsh thinks historians who argue the civil rights movement was about rights have made a big mistake. In God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, he takes a different stance. He says the civil rights movement was about God. Marsh defends this controversial thesis with five profiles of civil rights leaders (ranging from cotton fieldworker and political activist Fannie Lou Hamer to the Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi, Sam Bowers), each of whom understood their work in fundamentally theological terms. Marsh's fluid, engaging prose aims to persuade readers that the ongoing fight for civil rights is best understood in spiritual terms and to arm believers with a clear understanding of the ultimate stakes of this country's continuing struggle with racism. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Theology professor Marsh (Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology, Oxford Univ., 1994) argues that both the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and its Southern adversaries derived their power from religious ideas. Recounting the stories of five active participants?some militant, some nonviolent, but each with an eloquent apologia for either racial segregation or integration?he relates their ideological commitments to their religious beliefs. The history and internal politics of the Civil Rights Movement and of the groups defending white-controlled segregation come alive in these detail-filled narratives, but ironically Marsh's finely wrought discussion of theology in each story is the weakest part of the book; it is sometimes hard to follow, and it often obscures rather than illuminates the historic struggles Marsh so effectively describes. Even if readers may not understand the cohesion of the religious beliefs depicted here, they will be left with an indelible impression of five committed individuals (including Fannie Lou Hamer) who knew what they believed in, acted on their beliefs, and made history.?Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
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The author of this masterful account of the summer of '64 in Mississippi shows better than anyone else had before how important religious convictions were on both sides of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by FHH
The book was in really good condition. It was almost new except for minimal highlighting.Published on September 23, 2010 by Shannon Connaughton
the book came on time & will be a valuable part of my future research. thanks a lot.Published on October 19, 2009 by Drew M. Mellon
God's Long Summer covers a very exciting and troubled time in American History. The various points of view Marsh used to complete this book is the key to understanding this time... Read morePublished on April 19, 2001 by Tonycasey78@hotmail.com
This is a soaring, remarkable exploration of human consciousness, seen through the filters of time, place, and language. Read morePublished on March 29, 2000 by Robin Seyfried