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Going down Jericho Road: the Memphis strike, Martin Luther King's last campaign

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Publisher:
W.W. Norton & Co.,
Pub. Date:
[2007]
Edition:
1st ed.
Language:
English
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The definitive history of the epic struggle for economic justice that became Martin Luther King Jr.'s last crusade.

Memphis in 1968 was ruled by a paternalistic "plantation mentality" embodied in its good-old-boy mayor, Henry Loeb. Wretched conditions, abusive white supervisors, poor education, and low wages locked most black workers into poverty. Then two sanitation workers were chewed up like garbage in the back of a faulty truck, igniting a public employee strike that brought to a boil long-simmering issues of racial injustice.

With novelistic drama and rich scholarly detail, Michael Honey brings to life the magnetic characters who clashed on the Memphis battlefield: stalwart black workers; fiery black ministers; volatile, young, black-power advocates; idealistic organizers and tough-talking unionists; the first black members of the Memphis city council; the white upper crust who sought to prevent change or conflagration; and, finally, the magisterial Martin Luther King Jr., undertaking a Poor People's Campaign at the crossroads of his life, vilified as a subversive, hounded by the FBI, and seeing in the working poor of Memphis his hopes for a better America. 16 pages of illustrations

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subject_facetKing, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
Strikes and lockouts -- Sanitation -- Tennessee
title_displayGoing down Jericho Road : the Memphis strike, Martin Luther King's last campaign
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title_shortGoing down Jericho Road
title_subthe Memphis strike, Martin Luther King's last campaign
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Sanitation
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
Strikes and lockouts