Divided Minds

Divided Minds

Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the civil rights movement through the ambivalent responses of leading writers and scholars to the Supreme Court's call for equality in Brown v. Board of Education.

Norton Pub
A startling portrait of a generation of intellectuals who responded to the civil rights movement with peculiar ambivalence. No other movement in the twentieth century posed a starker moral challenge to the American intellectual tradition than that of civil rights. And yet the response of prominent writers and thinkers was surprisingly hesitant and ambivalent. William Faulkner spoke out for desegregation but, worried about violence, asked the North to "go slow." Richard Wright and W. E. B. Du Bois, marginalized by their radicalism, had difficulty being heard, while editors sought out the more moderate voices of C. Vann Woodward and Robert Penn Warren. Other, less patient voices did struggle to emerge, as Lillian Smith, Lawrence Dunbar Reddick, Howard Zinn, and James Silver put themselves at personal and political risk to air their views. But it was James Baldwin who threw down a gauntlet to other intellectuals in his brilliant and revolutionary The Fire Next Time. Here is a fascinating, untold history of our nation's most important moment, one rife with unaccountable bravery and inexplicable timidityboth often the products of the same divided minds.

Book News
This history of the climatic years of the civil rights movement depicts the reluctance of American intellectuals to participate in its efforts or adopt its cause. Based on unpublished archival material and new interviews, the book presents a portrait of leading writers and scholars responding with ambivalence to the movement. Polsgrove (journalism, Indiana University at Bloomington) contrasts the moderate voices of Faulkner, Ellison, Woodward, and Warren with their more radical counterparts, represented by Wright, Du Bois, Reddick, Zinn, and Silver. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

The fascinating, untold history of our nation's most important moment presents an incisive portrait of a generation of intellectuals who responded to the civil rights movement with peculiar ambivalence.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393020137
0393020134
Characteristics: xxi, 296 p. ; 25 cm

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