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God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights Paperback – March 2, 2008
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Perhaps that's why I like this book so much.
Marsh undertakes an exhaustive study of various figures in the struggle for (and against) Civil Rights. Perhaps my favorite chapter is actually the one about the Grand Imperial Wizard of the White Knights in Mississippi, Sam Bowers. It's rare to see much study devoted to the opposition and I value the effort that Marsh has put into it. Furthermore, the man is note-crazed. He has upwards of 100 footnotes for each chapter, all indexed in the back with killing accuracy. If nothing else, the bibliography he employed is fantastic enough to warrant buying the book.
I can understand, though, how people who are not students of religion would be turned off by this work. He argues the point until he's blue in the face, leaving the reader possibly a bit shocked and overwhelmed. Reading this, you're guaranteed to learn more about Bible doctrine and faith-based initiative than you perhaps ever really wanted to know. I love it, but I can certainly understand how others may not.
I strongly suggest this book for students of religion and students of Civil Rights history. I also recommend it for those who wonder "what the other side thinks" if they are curious about how religious scholars attribute everything to faith. It's a really great book and I love Marsh's clean and thorough style of writing. It's uncluttered and his organization is brilliant.
One cavil: For a book published by a school as distinguished as Princeton University, it has an alarming number of typographical errors.
There were emotional moments that can make you upset at the inhumane treatment of one human being to another. There are moments that make you wonder, "Are we serving the samd God?"
The "take a-way" from this book is each of us has our unique view and understanding of who God is so we should ask ourselve or at least take inventory to determine if our God is the same God that Jesus pointed to?
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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 11 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
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 small book contains a huge amount of living, thinking and writing. Please read it and buy it. Your view of the world will expand and your faith in humanity andthe ablilty... Read morePublished on July 2, 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org