Street, Joe. The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Street, Joe. The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2017, pp. 272, ISBN: 978-0-8130-3196-5.

From Aretha Franklin and James Baldwin to Dick Gregory and Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement deliberately used music, art, theater, and literature as political weapons to broaden the struggle and legitimize its appeal. Hence, the author of this work places these cultural forms at the center of the civil rights struggle, arguing that the time has come to recognize the extent to which African American history and culture were vital elements of the movement, calculated to broaden the movement's appeal within the larger Black community as he places considerable emphasis on Amiri Baraka's interpretation of the importance of music and...

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