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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.
A very informative book. I was living in the middle north of the United States and overseas at the time and was totally unaware of the intensity and violence of the racist's... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Marilyn Laughter
Another great book by this author. He is a great historian. I have read about half of his books. I will read them all! Highly recommended .Published 25 days ago by george alexander
Excellent read! Sets a great foundation for further reading about the Civil Right Movement.
Editing could have been a little more attentive- a set of paragraphs repeats but... Read more
Excellent Read. One of the best historical profiles of that time I have ever read.Published 2 months ago by frank
I arrived as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 1966 completely ignorant of this. I wish I had known more about it then, though I managed to get to know some of the players a bit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DB361
Another Halberstam book that I found difficult to put down. While it's not as authoritative and majestic as the Taylor Branch trilogy, Halberstam delves into the lives of many of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard E. Nelson
I thought I knew this era, but I learned so much more. I studied the sixties quite a bit and even lived through them, but I had not really ever heard the story of the Freedom... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Abe