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NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights

Performance - Spoken Word
Nonfiction: Public Radio / American History / Civil Rights
Unabridged   3 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/06/2011

A Booklist Editors' Choice Selection

NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611745085
Digital Download ISBN:9781611745092


For the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, NPR looks back at defining moments in the Civil Rights movement and ordinary people who worked for change.

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Product Description

It wasn’t that long ago that black citizens had to move to the back of the bus. In this stirring collection, NPR tells stories large and small: of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the March on Washington; of Pullman porters, an invaluable green book, and women who baked pies to support the Montgomery bus boycott. Personal recollections and historical accounts paint vivid pictures of individuals and events that transformed a nation.

  • Introduction by Michele Norris
  • Rosa Parks
  • The Club from Nowhere: Cooking for Civil Rights
  • ‘The Forgotten Hero’ of the Civil Rights Movement
  • The First Civil Rights Bus Boycott
  • Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin
  • Former Pullman Porter Subtly Confronted Racism
  • ‘Green Book’ Helped African Americans Travel Safely
  • Jim Crow: Blacks Survived with Dignity
  • The Power of Pictures in the Struggle for Civil Rights
  • Emmett Till and the Impact of Images
  • Mahalia Jackson: Voice of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Wallace in the Schoolhouse Door
  • Breaking the Color Barrier
  • Sound Vault: The Civil Rights Act
  • Mississippi 1964: Civil Rights and Unrest
  • James Farmer and the Freedom Summer
  • Freedom Riders
  • Rep. John Lewis on Prosecuting the Past
  • The Legacy of Medgar Evers
  • Julian Bond Remembers
  • Looking Back to Hear Malcolm X
  • Dorothy Height Sees Dream Come True
  • Radio History: March on Washington Recalled
  • Remembering King and the ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’
  • Martin Luther King, ‘At Canaan’s Edge’


“The personal reflections and historical accounts are alternately riveting, moving, and shocking but at all times a reminder of the power of the human spirit. This is a potent rendering of some of the most important civil rights events. VERDICT As a short, quick overview of this important part of our nation’s history, this is unbeatable; listeners will be moved to tears at times by the compelling narration. Highly recommended for anyone interested in U.S. history and/or civil rights.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“Riveting . . . extraordinary accounts of courage and valor. This impressive collection deserves a prominent spot in audio collections.”
      —Booklist [starred review]

“An absorbing, informative, and often moving reminder of how bad things were and what it cost to change them. The program should be especially valuable for educational use.”

Author Bio

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

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