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In Struggle : SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s Second Printing Edition

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ISBN-10: 0674447271
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Editorial Reviews

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In Clayborne Carson SNCC has at last found a scholar capable of probing its radical and fractious nature in a manner both sympathetic and prudently critical ... Students of social protest will be deeply in the author's debt for years to come. (Francis M. Wilnoit American Historical Review)

To anyone who would understand SNCC, this is an essential book. (James Polk Newsday)

Not only an important contribution to the history of the struggle for civil rights; it also enlarges our general understanding of contemporary politics and culture. (Abigail Thernstrom New Republic)

This splendid history of SNCC has successfully captured the dynamic interplay of two parallel but contradictory elements ... This is a well-researched, balanced, and analytical assessment of the history of a primarily black student activist group that, with all its failings, made its special contribution to the political awakening of American blacks and to the changing of American institutions and practices. (Abraham Holtzman American Political Science Review)

From the Back Cover

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ( SNCC, pronounced 'snick') emerged from the seemingly sterile American political landscape of the 1950s, thrived amidst the mass struggles of the 1960s, and died in the barren atmosphere of repression, divisiveness, and self-absorption of the early 1970s. As racial discord and discontent broke through a facade of accommodation, a series of isolated acts of resistance ignited the modern African-American freedom struggle.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Second Printing edition (April 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674447271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674447271
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book traces the rise and fall of SNCC:the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. At the time Carson wrote it, it was one of the few books on the Civil Rights Movement that didn't focus on Martin Luther King and SCLC, and as such provided a welcome addition, even corrective, to the mainstream narrative of the movement. It is also a brilliant analysis of the dynamics of a reform movement and the tensions between leader centered and group centered styles of leadership. The analysis of Bob Moses and his approach to grass roots empowerment is right on target and provides a whole new way for thinking about Freedom Summer and organizing in Mississippi. This book is not for the fainthearted--its academic prose is dense at times and details can be a little confusing for those unfamiliar with SNCC personnel, hence four stars and not five. Nonetheless, it's worth taking time with, and I assign this book regularly for upper level directed studies and recommend it to students for research papers. Whether or not SNCC's achievements were compromised by the antics of former members in the 80s and 90s, Carson's book is a great analysis of its formation, tactics, and dissolution.
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This book is a great account of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, which was started in 1960 in regard to Segregation on Americas buses and in the Woolworth dining room. This book leaves out no account, and anyone who had anything to do with the movement and SNCC is mentioned in this book. Carson went all out, and I think this book should be required reading in every Civil Rights History course.
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I received this product on time as promised and in great condition.
I grew up during the late 50's, and didn't really appreciate the prime focus of SNCC.
This book gives me a comprehensive look at how this group was started, and how it grew to such a well known organization.
Very satisfied with this book.
M. Sims
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This book shows leaders of SNCC like H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael and their context in the Black Power movement. It shows SNCC from a lunch counter protesting because of boredom until H. Rap Brown's arrest and the end of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
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