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Jimmie Lee & James : two lives, two deaths, and the movement that changed America

Fiffer, Steve. (Author). Cohen, Adar. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 1941393489
  • ISBN: 9781941393482
  • Physical Description: print
    xviii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Regan Arts hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Regan Arts, 2015.

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Summary, etc.: "Bloody Sunday"--March 7, 1965--was a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. Days earlier, during the crackdown on another protest in nearby Marion, a state trooper, claiming self-defense, shot Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old unarmed deacon and civil rights protester. Jackson's subsequent death spurred local civil rights leaders to make the march to Montgomery; when that day also ended in violence, the call went out to activists across the nation to join in the next attempt. One of the many who came down was a minister from Boston named James Reeb. Shortly after his arrival, he was attacked in the street by racist vigilantes, eventually dying of his injuries. Lyndon Johnson evoked Reeb's memory when he brought his voting rights legislation to Congress, and the national outcry over the brutal killings ensured its passage.
Subject: Jackson, Jimmy Lee 1939-1965
Reeb, James 1927-1965
United States.
Jackson, Jimmy Lee 1939-1965
Reeb, James 1927-1965
Voting Rights Act of 1965 (United States) Voting Rights Act of 1965 (United States)
United States Politics and government 1963-1969
Civil rights movements United States
Civil rights movements
Politics and government
United States
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