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By Jeanne Theoharis

Examines the makes use of and misuses of civil rights heritage within the present.

The civil rights circulate has turn into nationwide legend, lauded via presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as evidence of the facility of yankee democracy. This nationwide fantasy has shuttered the move firmly some time past, lowered its scope, obscured the paintings it took and the range of people that lead it, papered over the forces that stood in its means, and used it to chastise present-day routine. during this booklet, historian Jeanne Theoharis examines and demanding situations this nationwide myth-making, taking up a few of the approved tales of the circulate to teach them in a miles diverse gentle. Theoharis demanding situations 8 key points of the fantasy to teach us the a lot broader imaginative and prescient the flow had, the paintings it took, the variety of people that lead it the North and South, and the mammoth and chronic obstacles and repression the activists faced.

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