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  • By Tammy Dewhirst
    May 14, 2014
    In “1963: A Year of Hope and Hostility”, Williams connects for readers events at the forefront of American memory and those not so discussed. Williams lists in the foreword the intent that this work serves as a text and had I been given such a well-written and interesting text in any of my university history classes, I’d have been a happy student. Williams is a qualified reporter of the era in civil rights. He lived this battle. Rev. Williams chooses in his work to highlight three individuals key to the importance of 1963 in the Civil Rights Movement. The first thought of many Americans when thinking of 1963 will be the death of President John F. Kennedy by an assassin bullet at the end of the year. Williams chooses to focus on Kennedy’s rise as a truly great leader in 1963. 1963 was the year Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. Williams gives us insight as to the circumstances and reception of this letter and how it changed in a sense the way Americans... More > looked at the Civil Rights Movement. The last individual slated for focus is Governor George Wallace who famously said in his inauguration speech, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” Williams gives us a history of Wallace that many readers may not know. While this non-fiction work is interesting and overall informational, I found the portion devoted to Governor Wallace provided the most new information for this reader. Williams has been a journalist for many years and his attention to detail and smooth writing style reflect his wealth of experience. His topic is one of abiding interest and is presented in a clear and focused style. His work is approachable and accessible without talking down to readers. Aficionados of history will appreciate Williams’s direct and linear approach to his subject matter. “1963: A Year of Hope and Hostility” should be required reading for all Americans.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
July 29, 2013
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.12 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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