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The King Years

The King Years

Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

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Taylor Branch, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning America in the King Years trilogy, presents selections from his monumental work that recount the essential moments of the Civil Rights Movement. A masterpiece of storytelling on race and democracy, violence and nonviolence, The King Years delivers riveting tales of everyday heroes whose stories inspire us still. Here is the full sweep of an era that transformed America and continues to offer crucial lessons for today’s world. This vital primer amply fulfills Branch’s dedication: “For students of freedom and teachers of history.”
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  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451662467 | 
  • August 2013
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The essential moments for the Civil Rights Movement selected and described by Taylor Branch from his Pulitzer-Prize America in THE KING YEARS.

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Beyond state and local laws, which mandated racial separation everywhere from schools and businesses to public libraries, custom enforced segregation in houses of worship.

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Since 1982, it took me twenty-four years and 2,306 pages to compile a three-book narrative history, America in the King Years, and the... see more
The King Years



A community-wide assembly responds to oratory during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Within the precarious sanctuary of black churches, such mass meetings grew into a distinctive tool of solidarity for the civil rights movement.

— CHAPTER ONE — The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Martin Luther... see more

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Taylor Branch
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Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63; Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65; At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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