King: A Biography

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University of Illinois Press, 1978 - 468 pages
This edition updates Lewis's notable assessment of Martin Luther King, Jr., a book acclaimed by leading historians and critics when it appeared shortly after King's death. Published a decade after the civil rights activist's assassination, this edition includes new information and speculations on FBI harassment of King, the Senate findings on intelligence operations and law abuse, and the sinister implications of various conspiracy theories surrounding his tragic death. This biography skillfully wends through the corridors in which the "prince of peace" held court, posing the right questions and providing a keen measure of the man whose complex career and misunderstood mission continue to enthrall scholars and general readers.
 

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Contents

Doctor LawyerPreacher?
3
The Philosopher King
27
Stride Toward Freedom
46
Satyagraha Homegrown
85
Skirmishing in Atlanta
112
Albany GeorgiaNonviolence in Black and White
140
BirminghamNonviolence in Black Violence in White
171
The Strength of a Dream
210
The Fire Next Time
297
The Pied Piper of Hamlin AvenueChicago and Mississippi
313
Killers of the Dream
354
Free at Last
390
Reflections after a Decade
398
Notes
407
Selected Bibliography
425
Index
447

Crisis and CompromiseThe Walk to Selma Bridge
264

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David Levering Lewis is Julius Silver University Professor and professor of history at New York University. His two-volume W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Award, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.
He is the author of eight books and editor of two more.

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