Lucks, Daniel S.

Selma to Saigon : The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War - Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2014. - 1 online resource (395 p.) - eBooks on Demand Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century . - Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century .

Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; 1. The Cold War and the Long Civil Rights Movement; 2. African Americans and the Long Cold War Thaw, 1954-1965; 3. Vietnam and Civil Rights; 4. The Vietnam War and Black Power; 5. Dr. King's Painful Dilemma; 6. The Second Coming of Martin Luther King Jr., 1966-1968; Photo illustrations; 7. Moderates and the Vietnam War; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index

The civil rights and anti--Vietnam War movements were the two greatest protests of twentieth-century America. The dramatic escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam in 1965 took precedence over civil rights legislation, which had dominated White House and congressional attention during the first half of the decade. The two issues became intertwined on January 6, 1966, when the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) became the first civil rights organization to formally oppose the war, protesting the injustice of drafting African Americans to fight for the freedom of the South Vietnamese people when they were still denied basic freedoms at home.Selma to Saigon explores the impact of the Vietnam War on the national civil rights movement. Before the war gained widespread attention, the New Left, the SNCC, and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) worked together to create a biracial alliance with the potential to make significant political and social gains in Washington. Contention over the war, however, exacerbated preexisting generational and ideological tensions that undermined the coalition, and Lucks analyzes the causes and consequences of this disintegration. This powerful narrative illuminates the effects of the Vietnam War on the lives of leaders such as Whitney Young Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Roy Wilkins, Bayard Rustin, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as other activists who faced the threat of the military draft along with race-related discrimination and violence. Providing new insights into the evolution of the civil rights movement, this book fills a significant gap in the literature about one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

9780813145099 35.00 (NL),52.50 (UA)


African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold war -- Social aspects -- United States.
King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects -- United States.
War and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.


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