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.