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The Resource A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination, Clay Risen

A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination, Clay Risen

Label
A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination
Title
A nation on fire
Title remainder
America in the wake of the King assassination
Statement of responsibility
Clay Risen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Lyndon Johnson got the call a few minutes after 7 p.m.: 'Mr. President, Martin Luther King has been shot.' Within hours, rioting had engulfed Washington, D.C. Before the violence was over, the US Army occupied three major American cities, and National Guard units patrolled a dozen more. The riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, delivered a death blow to the liberal dream of the 1960s, gave new life to the faltering conservative political movement, and launched urban America into a downward spiral from which much of it has never recovered. In an epic narrative, Risen shows how a mere ten days - between Lyndon Johnson's withdrawal from the 1968 campaign on March 31 to King's death on April 4 to Johnson's signature of the 1968 Civil Rights Act on April 11 - literally rewrote the course of American history, from race relations to urban decline to presidential politics."--Book jacket
Summary
The founding managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas details the riots during the days and nights that followed the April 1968 assassination. He describes not only the battles in the streets, but also the planning and negotiation behind closed doors, and the public announcements and pleas. At the end he offers broader views, first of the summer that year, and then of the country since 1969. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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286484
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DLC
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Risen, Clay
Dewey number
973.923
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6477
LC item number
.R57 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • King, Martin Luther
  • Race riots
  • Inner cities
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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America in the wake of the King assassination
Label
A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination, Clay Risen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-282) and index
Contents
King, Johnson, and the terrible, glorious thirty-first day of March -- April 4 : Before the bullet -- April 4 : The news arrives -- April 4 : U and Fourteenth -- April 5 : Midnight interlude -- April 5 : "Any man's death diminishes me" -- April 5 : "Once that line has been crossed" -- April 5 : "Official disorder on top of civil disorder" -- April 5 : The occupation of Washington -- April 5 : "There are no ghettos in Chicago" -- April 6 : Roadblocks -- April 6 : An eruption in Baltimore -- April 7 : Palm Sunday -- April 8 : Bluff city on edge -- April 9 : A country rent asunder -- April 10 and 11 : Two speeches -- A summer postscript -- 1969 and after
Control code
ocn232358181
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 292 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780470177105
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2008026789
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)232358181
Label
A nation on fire : America in the wake of the King assassination, Clay Risen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-282) and index
Contents
King, Johnson, and the terrible, glorious thirty-first day of March -- April 4 : Before the bullet -- April 4 : The news arrives -- April 4 : U and Fourteenth -- April 5 : Midnight interlude -- April 5 : "Any man's death diminishes me" -- April 5 : "Once that line has been crossed" -- April 5 : "Official disorder on top of civil disorder" -- April 5 : The occupation of Washington -- April 5 : "There are no ghettos in Chicago" -- April 6 : Roadblocks -- April 6 : An eruption in Baltimore -- April 7 : Palm Sunday -- April 8 : Bluff city on edge -- April 9 : A country rent asunder -- April 10 and 11 : Two speeches -- A summer postscript -- 1969 and after
Control code
ocn232358181
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 292 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780470177105
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2008026789
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)232358181

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