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Powerful Days: Civil Rights Photography Charles Moore [Paperback]

Charles Moore , Michael Durham , Andrew Young
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Dec 5 2001 Modern and Contemporary Poetics

A moving record of a remarkable era in American and southern history, Powerful Days captures the turmoil of the civil rights movement through the lens of photographer Charles Moore.

There are few Americans who would not recognize Charles Moore's most famous photographs. His images of the civil rights movement have become, and remain today, internationally known icons-vivid, searing portraits of pivotal moments in the struggle for racial equality in the American South.

This chronological collection of Moore's most compelling and dramatic images, taken as the movement progressed through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, highlights activity from 1958 to 1965. Included are the iconic scenes of black protestors huddled in a doorway to escape the crippling blasts of fire hoses in Birmingham; a white bigot swinging a baseball bat seconds before cracking it on the head of a black woman during the desegregation of the Capitol Cafeteria in Montgomery; a young and stunned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pinned to the counter of a police precinct, his arm twisted behind his back; the devastating aftermath of "Bloody Sunday" on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; and Bull Connor's police dogs tearing mercilessly at the legs of a protestor in downtown Birmingham. Celebrity protestors-comedian Dick Gregory, poet Galway Kinnell, singers Joan Baez, Mary Travers, Pete Seeger, and Harry Bellafonte, actor Pernell Roberts, and writer James Baldwin-are featured alongside the many nameless but committed participants and the recognized major leaders of the movement.

Powerful Days was first published in hardcover in 1991. This new paperback edition will make these famous images, so etched in the memory of those who lived through the social changes of the 1960s, available again to enlighten a younger generation eager to know more about the national struggle that overthrew Jim Crow.


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Moore was an Alabama news photographer who in the late 1950s began documenting what would become the Civil Rights movement. Initially, gatherings by Martin Luther King and his followers were no more than local news, but in 1963, Moore's shocking photos of blacks being doused with fire hoses, beaten bloody with clubs, and mauled by dogs at the hands not of racists and Klansman but of police officers made the rest of the country if not the rest of the world fully aware of what was transpiring in the American South. These photos, which captured the horrors better than words ever could, forced the public and the politicians to recognize the need for immediate change. Moore's photos undeniably were as influential to the passage of Civil Rights legislature as any march or speech and no doubt altered the course of our nation's history. This volume collects 188 examples of Moore's works along with text by Durham, a LIFE magazine reporter who often accompanied Moore, and an introduction by former King aide and UN ambassador Andrew Young. Powerful Days is powerful indeed; essential for all libraries.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"[This book] contains many images that will be wrenchingly familiar to those who lived through this proud moral turning point in American history."
New York Times Book Review


"Powerful Days is powerful stuff. The freedom marchers look as heroic as Iwo Jima Marines fighting their way up a mountain-which is just what they had to do."
Newsweek


"Every once in a while we receive a well-documented treasure of American history. This collection is such a treasure. . . . [Moore's] black-and-white photos of that era are classics of photojournalism, and as Powerful Days documents, those classics have lost none of their force and energy."

—Southern Living


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5.0 out of 5 stars would like to give this a 7 rating June 26 2003
Format:Paperback
ive had this book for several years and used to skim the photo pages. the photos alon give it a 5 rating. reading the text increases my rating to a 7 if it were permitted. charles moore discusses his background as a white man growing up int he south and his early days as a photojournalist. a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars would like to give this a 7 rating June 25 2003
By William D. Tompkins - Published on Amazon.com
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ive had this book for several years and used to skim the photo pages. the photos alon give it a 5 rating. reading the text increases my rating to a 7 if it were permitted. charles moore discusses his background as a white man growing up int he south and his early days as a photojournalist. a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, and in good condition... April 19 2010
By Martha Malarky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic book of black & white photographs of highly-charged, historic moments of the Civil Rights struggle. Since Charles Moore died recently, I chose this book as a gift to a friend who was retiring and had been involved in the Civil Rights Movement. He was delighted. The book was in perfect condition except for the library pocket. I wonder why ANY library would want to get rid of it! Bad move! My gain!
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore April 19 2010
By helen - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a purchase of a second-hand book of photography which is out of print. The book was represented to be in good condition and when I rec'd it, I was exceptionally pleased.
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