R ecollections of the civil rights movement shape the way we comprehend and respond to a protest that remains sharply contested the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s aimed to remove racial barriers that confined degraded and marginalized racial minorities particularly blacks. Making sense of our cluttered selective memory of the civil rights movement reviews a timely thoughtful and pathbreaking survey of americans struggle to make sense of the most important upheaval in recent american history the authors ask vital questions about who remembers the civil rights struggle and how they do so. The civil rights movement in american memory deserves credit for its meticulous editing wide ranging perspective thought provoking essays and creative attempt to widen the scope through which academics traditionally view the civil rights movement at the same time however the effort to challenge the boundaries of what we have come. The movement for civil rights in america peaked in the 1950s and 1960s however a closely related struggle this time over the movements legacy has been heatedly engaged over the past two decades how the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in american politics and culture and why it matters is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection. In the civil rights movement in american memory how such people and events are remembered is the center of the discussion though the editors renee c romano and leigh raiford limit the scope
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