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Blessed are the Peacemakers : Martin Luther King Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders and the

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Martin Luther King Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders and the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780807128008
Number Of Pages: 344

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is arguably the most important written document of the civil rights protest era and a widely read modern literary classic. Personally addressed to eight white Birmingham clergymen who sought to avoid violence by publicly discouraging King's civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, the nationally published "Letter" captured the essence of the struggle for racial equality and provided a blistering critique of the gradualist approach to racial justice. It soon became part of American folklore, and the image of King penning his epistle from a prison cell remains among the most moving of the era. Yet as S. Jonathan Bass explains in the first comprehensive history of King's "Letter, " this image and the piece's literary appeal conceal a much more complex tale.

Industry Reviews

"Bass uncovers the true story behind King's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' and the southern religious leaders to whom it was addressed." -- Publishers Weekly

"Bass leaves us with a new and lasting admiration for the moderates of the South as unsung heroes of the civil rights movement." -- Gainesville (FL) Sun

"One among a growing number of fine historical studies that restore nuance and context to the history of American race relations in the mid-twentieth century." -- London Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780807128008
ISBN-10: 0807128007
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Type: New edition

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