"A stimulating and perceptive collection of essays that provides fresh and original insights into the student protest movement of the 1960s. A must for anyone interested in the history of the SNCC or the civil rights struggle."--Kevern Verney, Edge Hill University
In the wake of the fiftieth anniversary of the historic sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter by four North Carolina A&T college students, From Sit-Ins to SNCC brings together the work of leading civil rights scholars to offer a new and groundbreaking perspective on student-oriented activism in the 1960s.
The eight substantive essays in this collection not only delineate the role of SNCC over the course of the struggle for African American civil rights but also offer an updated perspective on the development and impact of the sit-in movement in light of new research into organizational records and the personal papers of key actors. The contributors provide novel analyses of such topics as the dynamics of grassroots student civil rights activism, the organizational and cultural changes within SNCC, the impact of the sit-ins on the white South, the evolution of black nationalist ideology within the student movement, works of the fiction written by movement activists, and the changing international outlook of student-organized civil rights movements.
Iwan Morgan, professor of US Studies and Commonwealth Fund chair of American History at the University College London, is the author of numerous books including The Age of Deficits. Philip Davies, director of the British Library’s Eccles Center for American Studies, has written widely in U.S. politics and is coeditor of America’s Americans: Population Issues in U.S. Politics and Society.
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"A must for any American history or Black Studies collection"
--The Midwest Book Review
"An excellent collection that adds much to the discussion of the nonviolent resistance movement…Highly recommended."
"Provide[s] fresh insights on the civil rights movement of the 1960s…this collection has much to offer readers interested in the movement, its complexities, and its continuing impact."
--The Journal of American History
“Provides multiple insights into multiple aspects of the southern sit-ins, SNCC, and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.”
--The Journal of Southern History
“The authors offer fresh perspectives of the movement and notably, the opposition against it”
--H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences