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Selma's Bloody Sunday

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781421421605
Author(s): Robert A. Pratt
Format: Paperback
Year: 2017
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: 160
Series: Witness To History

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On Sunday afternoon, March 7, 1965, roughly six hundred peaceful demonstrators set out from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in a double-file column to march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery. Leading the march were Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Upon reaching Broad Street, the marchers turned left to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge that spanned the Alabama River. 'When we reached the crest of the bridge,' recalls John Lewis, 'I stopped dead still. So did Hosea. There, facing us at the bottom of the other side, stood a sea of blue-helmeted, blue-uniformed Alabama state troopers, line after line of them, dozens of battle-ready lawmen stretched from one side of U.S. Highway 80 to the other. Behind them were several dozen more armed men-Sheriff Clark's posse-some on horseback, all wearing khaki clothing, many carrying clubs the size of baseball bats.' The violence and horror that was about to unfold at the foot of the bridge would forever mark the day as 'Bloody Sunday,' one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement.
Alabama state troopers fell on the unarmed protestors as they crossed the bridge, beating and tear gassing them. In Selma's Bloody Sunday, Robert A. Pratt offers a vivid account of that infamous day and the indelible triumph of black and white protest over white resistance. He explores how the march itself-and t Please click here to ask a question
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