"In Pillar of Fire, the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith. The first volume, Parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize for History." "Pillar of Fire covers the far-flung upheavals of the years 1963 to 1965 - Dallas, St. Augustine, Mississippi Freedom Summer, LBJ's Great Society and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Vietnam, Selma. And it provides a frank, revealing portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. - haunted by blackmail, factionalism, and hatred while he tried to hold the nonviolent movement together as a dramatic force in history. Allies, rivals, and opponents addressed racial issues that went deeper than fair treatment at bus stops or lunch counters. Participants on all sides stretched themselves and their country to the breaking point over the meaning of simple words: dignity, equal votes, equal souls." "Branch brings to bear fifteen years of research - archival investigation; nearly two thousand interviews; new primary sources, from FBI wiretaps to White House telephone recordings - in a seminal work of history."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -716) and index.
Pt. 1. Birmingham Tides
1. Islam in Los Angeles
2. Prophets in Chicago
3. LBJ in St. Augustine
4. Gamblers in Law
5. To Vote in Mississippi: Advance by Retreat
6. Tremors: L.A. to Selma
7. Marx in the White House
8. Summer Freeze
9. Cavalry: Lowenstein and the Church
10. Mirrors in Black and White
11. Against All Enemies
12. Frontiers on Edge: The Last Month
Pt. 2. New Worlds Passing
14. High Councils
15. Hattiesburg Freedom Day
17. Spreading Poisons
18. The Creation of Muhammad Ali
19. Shaky Pulpits
20. Mary Peabody Meets the Klan
21. Wrestling with Legends
23. Pilgrims and Empty Pitchers
Pt. 3. Freedom Summer
25. Jail Marches
26. Bogue Chitto Swamp
28. Testing Freedom
29. The Cow Palace Revolt
30. King in Mississippi
31. Riot Politics
32. Crime, War, and Freedom School
33. White House Etiquette
34. A Dog in the Manger: The Atlantic City Compromise
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