Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement

“In Voices in Our Blood, Jon Meacham, Newsweek’s managing editor, has done about the best job of anthologizing the movement I’ve seen” —Tom Wicker, Mother Jones

“Compelling…Here are stories and news reports about real people exposing real fear, real prejudice, as well as real bravery and honesty, as they deal with racial situations … The title of this book, Voices In Our Blood, suggests that Meacham is after those stories that are so personal that they are not measured by any universal standard of truth but by naked honesty. No outside observer can capture what boils in your blood. It is personal, often unsaid for fear of embarrassment. This is the essence of race relations, and it is also the true heart of this valuable collection of writings.” —Juan Williams, Host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” in The Washington Monthly (Read the full review.)

“A fascinating new anthology, thoughtfully and imaginatively edited by Newsweek managing editor Jon Meacham, documents the struggle for integration and equality, and makes those terrible and thrilling times seem powerfully immediate. The chorus of voices that Meacham has assembled inspires us to consider how much, and how little, has transpired since that historic December evening in 1955 (described in the book by Carl T. Rowan) when a Montgomery, Alabama seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for white passengers, a simple act of resistance that changed our society—and our history—dramatically and forever.” —Francine Prose, Elle

“An impressive range of viewpoints is collected in Voices In Our Blood, an anthology of pieces, written by novelists, poets, critics and journalists, that explores aspects of the civil rights movement. Some of the most important authors and thinkers of the 20th century are featured in this fascinating book.” —Bookpage

“Thoughtful, sensitive, rewarding, and groundbreaking, it belongs on the shelf of every Civil Rights movement scholar and in classrooms and libraries as well.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Meacham captures the movement’s ‘complications behind the public spectacle’ with immediacy, driving home the point that black and white citizens of the U.S. remain ‘connected by a common heritage, yet hopelessly divided by skin color.’”—Publishers Weekly

“A highly satisfying compendium that shines a welcome light onto the troubles of the present day.”—Kirkus Reviews

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