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At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years by Taylor Branch

At Canaan's Edge is the third volume of Taylor Branch's trilogy, America in the King Years. It begins in 1965 with the Alabama police beating civil rights demonstrators which led to Martin Luther King Jr.'s march from Selma to Montgomery. National outrage over the racist violence and King's collaboration with President Johnson led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. From that moment of triumph, the civil rights movement began to splinter. King moved his message to the urban areas of the north, some leaders tried to engage Southern black residents in their new voting rights, and others broke off to lead the black power movement. Taylor Branch's voluminous research illustrates that despite the personality differences and human foibles of Martin Luther King and other black leaders, they changed the country forever. At Canaan's Edge has received mostly positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News says, "In short, I recommend this book not just because of its drama and power but because it says something (yes, at great length) about how often, in order to make something count, it just takes one person to stand up, who is then joined by one more person who stands up and then one more... Sometimes, this book teaches us, that is how you change the world."
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New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani

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Deseret Morning News review by Dennis Lythgoe

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Christian Science Monitor review by Erik Spanberg

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