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Living the Dream - The Contested History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Hardcover) Loot Price: R792
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Living the Dream - The Contested History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Hardcover): Daniel T. Fleming

Living the Dream - The Contested History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Hardcover)

Daniel T. Fleming

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Living the Dream tells the history behind the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the battle over King's legacy that continued through the decades that followed. Creating the first national holiday to honor an African American was a formidable achievement and an act of resistance against conservative and segregationist opposition. Congressional efforts to commemorate King began shortly after his assassination. The ensuing political battles slowed the progress of granting him a namesake holiday and crucially defined how his legacy would be received. Though Coretta Scott King's mission to honor her husband's commitment to nonviolence was upheld, conservative politicians sought to use the holiday to advance a whitewashed, nationalistic, and even reactionary vision of King's life and thought. This book reveals the lengths that activists had to go to elevate an African American man to the pantheon of national heroes, how conservatives took advantage of the commemoration to bend the arc of King's legacy toward something he never would have expected, and how grassroots causes, unions, and antiwar demonstrators continued to try to claim this sanctified day as their own.

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Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2022
Authors: Daniel T. Fleming
Dimensions: 235 x 155mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
ISBN-13: 978-1-4696-6781-2
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Civil rights & citizenship
Books > History > American history > General
LSN: 1-4696-6781-9
Barcode: 9781469667812

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