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The conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865 marked a new era where people of all colors were granted equal freedoms. A century later, racial injustices still occurred throughout the South. Historically accurate with details from news clippings, interviews, and scholarly research, David J. Garrow weaves a compelling narrative of the politics and prejudice surrounding Selma, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
Steeped in the racial tension of the era, the book chronicles events such as the arrival of Martin Luther King, Jr., the death of white clergymen, nationwide protests, Bloody Sunday and other rallies against disenfranchisement in Selma culminating in the Voting Rights Act signed into legislation by President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1965.
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