Birmingham, Alabama And The Civil Rights Movement

In the early 1960s, two segregated cities in the deep south were the targets of civil rights demonstrations orchestrated by Martin Luther King, Jr. The tactics used by the demonstrators were similar; the responses of the top-ranking law enforcement officials in the two cities were disparate. Laurie Pritchett, Chief of Police of Albany, Georgia, avoided conflict. In his capacity as Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama, Eugene "Bull" Connor ordered police dogs and water hoses to be used to control crowds. One of these men became the subject of a biography, the other a footnote in the biography.
"The movement was really about getting publicity for injustice" (p.164) ...

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seven-day period in May 1963, the nation was exposed to these and similar pictures (some of which appear in the book). Reports of the incidents in Birmingham moved President John F. Kennedy to remark that "the civil rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln." (p. 164)
A biography of a man and the times in which he lived stirs readers' sensibilities more than the antiseptic and analytic accounts provided by a textbook or treatise. A biography exposes the emotions of its subject and the people in his life as well as the facts and under-currents of the times. A biography presents a closer and in-depth look at a subject, who for better or worse on a large or small scale, influenced the course of history. Pritchett, for the sake of expedience, temporarily acquiesced allowing the demonstrators to protest without incident. Connor's stubborn refusal to give way to the civil rights movement actually thrust the movement much needed ...

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