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By Jeanne Theoharis

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

The civil rights stream has turn into nationwide legend, lauded by way of presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as evidence of the facility of yank democracy. This nationwide fantasy has shuttered the circulate firmly long ago, 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 events. during this booklet, historian Jeanne Theoharis examines and demanding situations this nationwide myth-making, taking up the various permitted tales of the flow to teach them in a miles diversified mild. Theoharis demanding situations 8 key points of the delusion to teach us the a lot broader imaginative and prescient the move had, the paintings it took, the range of people that lead it the North and South, and the significant and chronic boundaries and repression the activists faced.

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