The Shadow of Selma is the first thorough analysis of the historical importance and legacy of the 1965 campaign for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, and the consequent Voting Rights Act, which is among the most important pieces of legislation in American history. It considers the historical memory of the Selma campaign, particularly examining the competing narratives of Selma in popular media and cinema.
Introduction / Joe Street and Henry Knight Lozano -- Part 1. Selma and the Voting Rights Act. Selma : the bridge and beyond / Alma Jean Billingslea Brown -- Before the bridge : grassroots activism in Selma in the early 1960s / Benjamin Houston -- Nonviolence crowned or de-throned? : King's strategy in Selma and its legacy / Peter Ling -- "The meat in the coconut" : Lyndon Johnson and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 / Mark McLay -- Backlash or adjustment? : the white south responds to Selma / Tony Badger -- "We cannot escape the same challenge" : Britain, France, and the US Voting Rights Act / Clive Webb -- Part 2. Media and memory. Mediating Selma : 1965, 2015 / Aniko Bodroghkozy -- "They just couldn't write it the way it wasn't anymore" : mainstream media narratives and the 1965 Selma Campaign / Mark Walmsley -- Sidelining Selma's segregationists : memory, strategy, ideology, and agency / George Lewis -- "Men and women of God and goodwill everywhere" : Selma and the role of religion in civil rights drama / Megan Hunt -- Part 3. The myth of a color-blind America. The third reconstruction : the racial wealth gap in the post-civil rights south / Devin Fergus -- How the rise of color-blind racism opened the door for the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder / Barbara Harris Combs -- The racial laundering of equality after Shelby County v. Holder / Lynn Mie Itagaki
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