Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology

Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology

Margaret Earley Whitt’s Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology allows readers to hear the voices of nameless, ordinary citizens who fought for civil rights in the ‘50s, ’60s, and ‘70s. Each of the 20 short stories focus on a particular moment in history, some public and some private. These sections include: School Desegregation (1954-on), Sit-Ins (1960s on), Marches and Demonstrations (1963 and onward), and Acts of Violence. Some of the tales were written during the ‘50s and ‘60s and some were written after the fact.

The short stories explore how different events have permanently changed the lives of the characters. For example in Spring Is Now, a young Caucasian girl has to figure out what her feelings are towards the only African-American student in her school. Meanwhile, The Convert revolves around an African-American preacher who discusses how the civil rights movement needs everyone, even ordinary citizens.

This anthology helps bring to life the civil rights movement and makes it relatable to modern-day readers. Whether you are young or old, Short Stories… is a chance to hear the voices of ordinary citizens who helped the movement succeed.

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