At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68

Taylor Branch

Language: English

Pages: 1056

ISBN: 0684857138

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


At Canaan's Edge concludes America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Taylor Branch makes clear in this magisterial account of the civil rights movement that Martin Luther King, Jr., earned a place next to James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of American history.

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and Hamites to be of Caucasian descent. Even worse, the racial term “Caucasian” appeared to rest on a single specimen in the collection of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach of Göttingen, who in 1795 had conjectured from the resemblance to his German skulls that ancient Europeans may have lived near the specimen’s retrieval site in the Caucasus mountains of Russia.* The Justices reversed the Ozawa test with howls of newfound contempt for “the speculations of the ethnologist,” again unanimously. “What we

nonviolent message most awkward for triumphant Israel. A visit centered in annexed Jerusalem would provoke antagonisms, King said, “and any way you say it they don’t plan to give it up.” So he canceled. President Johnson anguished late Monday over a final decision to deploy the airborne brigades. “Well, I guess it’s just a matter of minutes before federal troops start shooting women and children,” he said morosely. Vance reported fires raging out of control, 1,200 arrests, and a disorganized,

1965, JDC; Eagles, Outside Agitator, pp. 172–74, 227–28. Gloria Larry knew: Ibid.; int. Gloria Larry House, June 29, 2000. Sales cajoled the trusty: Eagles, Outside Agitator, p. 231; int. Ruby Sales, March 22, 2003. Sales had opposed letting Daniels: Ibid.; int. Ruby Sales by Daniel Zwerdling, Weekend All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Aug. 23, 1997, JDC. “John, it’s prayer time now”: Int. John McMeans, April 12, 2003. The SNCC treasury was nearly empty: John Lewis to MLK, July

City,” MCA, Feb. 3, 1968, p. 25. “Tom’s boy mus’ be”: MCA, Feb. 2, 1968, p. 21. “unclassified workers”: Beifuss, River, p. 30; McKnight, Crusade, p. 34; T. O. Jones oral history, Jan. 30, 1970, pp. 16–18, MVC. pregnant widow Earline Walker: “Worker’s Final Check Pays on His Funeral,” Memphis Tri-State Defender, Feb. 10, 1968, p. 1. cheap burial across the Mississippi line: Int. Constance Cury, Feb. 16, 1993; Curry to the author with enclosed photographs, March 13, 1993. “The Drum Major

1; NYT, March 16, 1968, p. 17. whittled on the bench: SC, March 23–24, 1968, p. 1. “because I done what I done”: LAT, March 15, 1968, p. 4. reporter Jerry Mitchell noticed: Cf. Jerry Mitchell front-page stories, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Jan. 17, 18, 26, 28, and Feb. 10, 1998. atonement prosecutions revived: Cf. NYT, April 2, 1995, p. 18; NYT, May 29, 1998, p. 1; WP, July 22, 1998, p. C-1; Baltimore Sun, Dec. 20, 1998, p. C-1; AC, Feb. 21, 1999, p. M-1; NYT, May 18, 2000, p. 23; WP, Sept. 26,

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