The View: ‘The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement’

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, written by award-winning historian Taylor Branch, chronicles 18 climacteric events in the struggle to banish racial discrimination in the U.S. during the 1960s. It highlights an early speech by Martin Luther King Jr., the 1963 marches in Birmingham,
and events that have been overlooked in most history books. A history book for a general audiences, it’s also a teaching tool for the digital age.

Branch is the bestselling author of the trilogy: Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65; At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes.

The King years serves as a reintroduction and condensed version of the trilogy.

Branch’s portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. takes readers down the paths of the marches in King’s his compeers’ shoes. We learn, virtually, what it’s like to be a leader. There’s the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. and the 1960 sit-in movement, and, in 1961, the Freedom Riders seized national attention.

The enhanced ebook gives readers access to audio and video illustrations of passages in the text, including a telephone conversation between King and then-President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Branch received a Pulitzer Price in 1989 and the “genius grant, “ a MacArthur Fellowship, in 1991.

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