Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 by Adam Fairclough (review)

Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 by Adam Fairclough (University of Georgia Press, 1995)

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Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 by Adam Fairclough (review)

by Lawrence N. Powell
Southern Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 2: Winter 1996

University of Georgia Press, 1995

If the Montgomery-to-Selma paradigm dominates civil rights history, it is easy to understand why. The Montgomery bus boycott that opened the era thrust the mantle of leadership on Martin Luther King Jr., whose prophetic charisma still defines the period. Ten years later the Selma march, which spurred passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, culminated the hard-fought struggle for full citizenship rights.