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Going Down Jericho Road : The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign - Michael K. Honey

Going Down Jericho Road

The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

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The definitive history of the epic struggle for economic justice that became Martin Luther King Jr.'s last crusade.
Memphis in 1968 was ruled by a paternalistic "plantation mentality" embodied in its good-old-boy mayor, Henry Loeb. Wretched conditions, abusive white supervisors, poor education, and low wages locked most black workers into poverty. Then two sanitation workers were chewed up like garbage in the back of a faulty truck, igniting a public employee strike that brought to a boil long-simmering issues of racial injustice.
With novelistic drama and rich scholarly detail, Michael Honey brings to life the magnetic characters who clashed on the Memphis battlefield: stalwart black workers; fiery black ministers; volatile, young, black-power advocates; idealistic organizers and tough-talking unionists; the first black members of the Memphis city council; the white upper crust who sought to prevent change or conflagration; and, finally, the magisterial Martin Luther King Jr., undertaking a Poor People's Campaign at the crossroads of his life, vilified as a subversive, hounded by the FBI, and seeing in the working poor of Memphis his hopes for a better America. 16 pages of illustrations.

A Personal Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Two Lives Lostp. 1
Labor and Civil Rights
A Plantation in the Cityp. 7
Dr. King, labor, and the Civil Rights Movementp. 23
Struggles of the Working Poorp. 50
Standing at the Crossroadsp. 76
On Strike for Respectp. 98
Hambone's Meditations: The Failure of Communityp. 128
Testing the Social Gospelp. 151
Fighting for the Working Poor
Minister to the Valley: The Poor People's Campaignp. 173
Baptism by Firep. 191
Ministers and Manhoodp. 211
Convergencep. 240
Escalation: The Youth Movementp. 260
"All Labor has Dignity"p. 287
"Something Dreadful"p. 309
Jericho Road is a Dangerous Road
Chaos in the Bluff Cityp. 335
"The Movement Lives or Dies in Memphis"p. 362
State of Siegep. 382
Shattered Dreams and Promised Landsp. 400
"A Crucifixion Event"p. 427
Reckoningsp. 451
"We Have Got the Victory"p. 483
Epilogue: How We Remember Kingp. 497
Acknowledgmentsp. 507
A Note on Sourcesp. 511
Notesp. 514
Bibliographyp. 571
Indexp. 587
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ISBN: 9780393043396
ISBN-10: 0393043398
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.5  x 4.8
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1