In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s

In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s Review

With its radical ideology and effective tactics, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was the cutting edge of the civil rights movement during the 1960s. This sympathetic yet even-handed book records for the first time the complete story of SNCC's evolution, of its successes and its difficulties in the ongoing struggle to end white repression.

At its birth, SNCC was composed of black college students who shared an ideology of moral radicalism. This ideology, with its emphasis on nonviolence, challenged Southern segregation. SNCC students were the earliest civil rights fighters of the Second Reconstruction. They conducted sit-ins at lunch counters, spearheaded the freedom rides, and organized voter registration, which shook white complacency and awakened black political consciousness. In the process, Carson shows, SNCC changed from a group that endorsed white middle-class values to one that questioned the basic assumptions of liberal ideology and raised the fist for black power. Indeed, SNCC's radical and penetrating analysis of the American power structure reached beyond the black community to help spark wider social protests of the 1960s, such as the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Carson's history of SNCC goes behind the scene to determine why the group's ideological evolution was accompanied by bitter power struggles within the organization. Using interviews, transcripts of meetings, unpublished position papers, and recently released FBI documents, he reveals how a radical group is subject to enormous, often divisive pressures as it fights the difficult battle for social change.

Title:In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s
Edition Language:English

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  • Andrew Scholes

    An interesting history of the Civil Rights movement and the SNCC's role in it. The difficulty I had in reading it was that there seemed to be a new organization being formed constantly and they all ha...

  • Jonathan

    Very thorough, but consequently a bit dry. Carson presents the story of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as a case study in the history of the civil rights movement and the New Left as a ...

  • Drick

    This book is a history of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC) a student run Civil Rights activist group which emerged during the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960's. SNCC was also a ...

  • Charlene

    Very good book on Civil Rights...thorough and detailed record of the development, progress, accomplishments and struggle of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. The fact that students came ...

  • Mark

    Really interesting history of SNCC. I think it was the first written history of SNCC that did not put MLK at the center of it, which is important. I found it helpful to learn a little bit more about h...

  • Daniel Burton-Rose

    Vibrant study; I'm delighted it's been reissued!...

  • Liz

    This is a great read on the civil rights movement and how those events affects attempts to organize ever since. This is one of my favorite books of all time....