The Selma Campaign

Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmie Lee Jackson, and the Defining Struggle of the Civil Rights Era

by Craig Swanson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/14/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 260
ISBN : 9781480812109
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 260
ISBN : 9781480812123
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 260
ISBN : 9781480812116

About the Book

Troopers, advance! Those two words, shouted by a police commander in Selma, Alabama, some 50 years ago, changed the course of U.S. history. The date was March 7, 1965. The scene was the Edmund Pettus Bridge. And the resulting violence spurred an appalled nation into action. The Selma Campaign chronicles one of the most successful – and deadly – protest campaigns of the Civil Rights era. In doing so, it renders a fascinating portrait of life in the Deep South during the mid-1960s. Author Craig Swanson focuses special attention on the movement’s “foot soldiers,” those otherwise ordinary people who gave so much of themselves in seeking the ability to vote despite the constant threat of personal harm. Beginning with Martin Luther King’s selection of Selma, Alabama, as the site for his voting rights campaign and concluding with legal proceedings against a state trooper whose gunfire precipitated the now-famous march to Montgomery, “The Selma Campaign” is the definitive word on a remarkable series of events that culminated in what many consider the country’s single most important piece of civil rights legislation.

About the Author

Craig Swanson is a retired newspaper editor. He lives in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diane. They have three grown children, Amy, Jon, and Eric. He’s also the author of Something in the Air: Rock Music and Cultural Upheaval in Mid-60s America, which was published by Tate Enterprises in 2013.