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Every epic must have its hero, and The Children has James Lawson, a young, African American divinity student whose tactics in civil disobedience were learned at the knees of Mahatma Gandhi's followers during a three-year stint as a missionary to India. When he returned to the States and was accepted into the all-white Vanderbilt Divinity School, Lawson began teaching workshops to Nashville's African American youth designed to equip them for the equal-rights struggle, a battle Lawson believed could be won only with nonviolent tactics. Halberstam chronicles the fight against racism with the insight that comes from witnessing it first-hand. As a young journalist for the Tennessean in Nashville, he covered the rise of the civil rights movement, and in The Children he draws on many of his writings from the era. From accounts of lunch-counter sit-ins to the freedom rides, Halberstam's book covers the map of the crusade for racial equality, serving as a poignant reminder that heroes come in all ages, colors, and characters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have read about half of his books.
Halberstam does an excellent job showing us what the Civil Right movement was all about, and what its supporters had to endure to end the segregation in the South.
A great work of history by possible the most important American historian of the second half of the 20th century.
Having been a college student at Fordham when James Farmer came and explained the Freedom Rides; ignoring the colored only water fountain and men's room signs in Florida in 1963... Read morePublished 1 day ago by g-mom
Really good book if you like very in depth explanations of what happened in each of the various campaigns that involved the students from Nashville. Read morePublished 2 days ago by MICHAEL VAN HOY
Should be required for the current generation of activists as a study in tactics.Published 6 days ago by marcella249
Wonderful writer--terrific book about the key players in the Civil Rights Movement.Published 7 days ago by Vicki
Wonderful stories that bring to life these exceptional, courageous human beings and Americans. I have some new heroes! However, the book was too long. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Hazel
The book is an interesting read. The author spends a significant amount of time introducing the characters. Read morePublished 10 days ago by James H. Wakeman
Mr. Halberstam told the story of the young people that staged sit-ins in Nashville, rode buses through the south and registered voters in Mississippi and Alabama. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Georgia Sandlin