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The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History

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A More Beautiful And Terrible History

A More Beautiful And Terrible History

The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History

Audio CD

01/30/2018

9 Audio CD

678 minutes

9781520095509

Audio MP3 CD

01/30/2018

2 Audio MP3 CD

678 minutes

9781520095516

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The civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. And it is used perniciously in our own times to chastise present-day movements and obscure contemporary injustice.

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Theoharis's systematic debunking is a useful antidote to sentimental narratives that are, as she persuasively argues, all too smug, all too easy, all too lacking in the conflict and dread, tragedy and defeat..., The Washington Post

...particularly attuned to how the legacies of Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. have been co-opted into a narrative of uplift, with civil rights history sanitized for public consumption... it's clarifying to read a history that shows us how little we remember, and how much more there is to understand., The New York Times

[Starred Review] Theoharis's lucid and insightful study...proffer[s] a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the civil rights movement's legacy, and showing how much remains to be done., Publishers Weekly

[Starred Review] An important illustration of the ways that history is used, or misused, in modern social and political life. Required reading for anyone hoping to understand more about race relations and racism in the United States and highly recommended for all readers interested in 20th-century American history., Library Journal

A hard-hitting revisionist history of civil rights activism..., Kirkus

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