Historians and the Civil Rights Movement

  title={Historians and the Civil Rights Movement},
  author={A. Fairclough},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  • A. Fairclough
  • Published 1990
  • Political Science
  • Journal of American Studies
What was the civil rights movement? When did it begin and end, and what did it achieve ? As time distances historians from the events they study, periods that once appeared sharply defined become fuzzy at the edges, and changes that contemporaries thought sudden and profound seem less impressive than underlying continuities. The popular "Montgomery to Memphis" time-frame brackets the movement with the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1955-68. In their search for origins, however… Expand
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