The Children

The Children The Children is Halberstam s moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement as seen thru the story of the young people the Children who met in the s went on to lead the revolution

  • Title: The Children
  • Author: David Halberstam
  • ISBN: 9780449004395
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Children is Halberstam s moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen thru the story of the young people the Children who met in the 60s went on to lead the revolution Magisterial in scope, with a strong you are there quality, The Children is a story one of America s preeminent journalists has waited years to write, a powerful bookThe Children is Halberstam s moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen thru the story of the young people the Children who met in the 60s went on to lead the revolution Magisterial in scope, with a strong you are there quality, The Children is a story one of America s preeminent journalists has waited years to write, a powerful book about one of the most dramatic movements in American history They came together as part of Rev James Lawson s workshops on nonviolence, eight idealistic black students whose families had sacrificed much so that they could go to college They risked it all, their lives besides, when they joined the growing civil rights movement Halberstam shows how Martin Luther King Jr recruited Lawson to come to Nashville to train students in Gandhian techniques of nonviolence We see the strength of the families the Children came from, moving portraits of several generations of the black experience in America We feel Diane Nash s fear before the first sit in to protest segregation of Nashville lunch counters Then we see how Diane Nash others John Lewis, Gloria Johnson, Bernard Lafayette, Marion Barry, Curtis Murphy, James Bevel, Rodney Powell persevered until they ultimately accomplished that goal After the sit ins, when the Freedom Rides to desegregate interstate buses were in danger of being stopped because of violence, it was these same young people who led the bitter battle into the Deep South Halberstam takes us into those buses, lets us witness the violence the students encountered in Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma He shows what has happened to the Children since the 60s, as they have gone on with their lives.

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    1. David Halberstam

      David Halberstam April 10, 1934 April 23, 2007 was an American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War and his later sports journalism.Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee, he covered the beginnings of the American Civil Rights Movement.In the mid 1960s, Halberstam covered the Vietnam War for The New York Times While there, he gathered material for his book The Making of a Quagmire America and Vietnam during the Kennedy Era In 1963, he received a George Polk Award for his reporting at the New York Times At the age of 30, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the war He is interviewed in the 1968 documentary film on the Vietnam War entitled In the Year of the Pig.Halberstam put an enormous effort into his book about Kennedy s foreign policy decisions about the Vietnam War, The Best and the Brightest Synthesizing material from dozens of books and many dozens of interviews, Halberstam focused on the odd paradox that those who crafted the U.S war effort in Vietnam were some of the most intelligent, well connected and self confident men in America the best and the brightest and yet those same men were unable to imagine and promote any but a bloody and disastrous course in the Vietnam War.Thousands of readers began The Best and the Brightest feeling that the U.S must pursue the war in Vietnam until victory was achieved, but became convinced by Halberstam s book that the U.S could not win and therefore should withdraw from Vietnam.After publication of The Best and the Brightest in 1972, Halberstam plunged right into another big book and in 1979 published an informative book about some of the major media outlets in America The Powers That Be gave compelling profiles of men like William Paley of CBS, Henry Luce of Time magazine, Phil Graham of The Washington Post and many others.Later in his career, Halberstam turned to the subjects of sports, publishing The Breaks of the Game, an inside look at the Bill Walton and the 1978 Portland Trailblazers basketball team an ambitious book on Michael Jordan in 1999 called Playing for Keeps and on the pennant race battle between the Yankees and Red Sox called Summer of 49.After publishing two books in the 1960s, Halberstam published three books in the 1970s, four books in the 1980s, and six books in the 1990s He published four books in the 2000s and was on a pace to publish six or books in that decade before his death In the wake of 9 11, Halberstam wrote perhaps the most sensitive and insightful book about that tragedy, detailing Engine 40, Ladder 35, in the tome, Firehouse.In 1980, an escaped convict from New York, Bernard C Welch, Jr murdered Halberstam s brother, Michael J Halberstam, a Washington, D.C cardiologist 1 Halberstam refused to comment publicly about this incident.

    504 thoughts on “The Children”

    1. So, I picked this book up because I know almost nothing about the civil rights movement, I was looking for a longish book (I have been plagued with short stories recently) and I liked the “Pulitzer Prize Winning Author” tag across the top. I did not realize until I had started it that it was non-fiction and that Halberstam is a journalist.As a spoiled little white-girl child of the 1980s, I was less enamored by the thought of a non-fiction 700+ page account of this moment in history; I reall [...]


    2. A powerful reminder of just how young, and how courageous, the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement were; that children in their teens and early twenties truly changed the world. I highly recommend The Children.From the Author's Note at the end: "I can think of no occasion in recent postwar American history when there had been so shining an example of democracy at work because of the courage and nobility of ordinary people – people hardly favored at the time of birth by their circumstances – [...]


    3. IQ "The Movement had been predominately black, although its aims were integrationist. Led as it was by black Southern ministers, it was religious, nonviolent, and marvelously and often clumsily democratic. It was ecumenical and above all, for people had often lost sight of this, it was optimistic. It was broad based, and it had constantly had one aim, to appeal to the conscience of America. It was, he decided, probably over; at least the part of it driven primarily by a religious force." Bernard [...]


    4. Halberstam is a safe bet. I've liked everything I've read by him, even his book about the auto industry. This title was on my shelves already when the reading of Parting the Waters inspired me to look more into the civil rights movement.While Parting the Waters focuses on MLK and the, mostly church-based, leadership, The Children tells the story of the Nashville activists, mostly students, who led the sit-ins in that town during the early sixties. Although they had been preceded by the students [...]




    5. This is a history of the civil rights movement in Nashville. If John Lewis is one of your heroes you'll want to get this.


    6. There were many many things I liked about this book. In the beginning what I loved the most was having all these figures who I've been so fascinated with and inspired by step into the story of the Nashville sit-ins and then to get there back stories. Towards the end I appreciated getting to learn about the lives of some of these young adults after 1968. I know part of it was simply Halberstan's point of view but it was really cool to see how so many key figures from the southern Black Freedom Mo [...]


    7. In 1959, James Lawson, a Methodist minister who spent several years in India studying the methods of Gandhi, organized a group of college students to protest segregation in Nashville through lunch counter sit-ins The original group of students attended various local schools including American Baptist College, Fisk University and Tennessee A & I—all primarily black colleges. Among them were the later infamous Marion Barry and John Lewis, who became a Congressman from Georgia. Several of the [...]



    8. An extraordinary achievement. I have read much of Halberstam's work, starting with Best and Brightest, but this work, based on his first real reporting in Tennessee is a revelation. ALong with Taylor Branch's trilogy of MLK, this story, made me truly understand the definition of American heroism. It is hard if not impossible to think today of a group of young college kids, poor mostly, first of their families to go to college, out to change their world, in spite of overwhelming danger, and obsta [...]


    9. Such a good read. Deeply inspiring: a reminder of why I believe in democracy even in the face of overwhelming challenges. Told with the pacing and insight of a veteran reporter, the empathy and essential humanism of someone who was there with the "children" - so compelling. This one will stay with me. I wish the Civil Rights Movement were better taught in schools. As the story of not just MLK and Selma, but of a thousand efforts large and small, of diverse groups united, of the tremendous courag [...]


    10. Eyewitness account of the beginnings of the civil rights movement. How nice to have one of the great journalists/historians of the century there at the time. The participants in the early sit-ins and Freedom Rides are largely forgotten today, which is a shame. They're truly American Heroes. Even with the struggles that many of them faced after the early movement changed and imploded, they deserve this book.


    11. This book is a good reminder of the brutality and inhumanity that segregation was. Though it was occurred occurred in my parents' lifetime, it is easy to forget how hard was the struggle to win even basic dignities for blacks in the south: the ability to eat at a downtown lunch counter, use a non-segregated bathroom or bus, or vote as any other citizen in an election.


    12. This is one of the best history books I have ever read; I was completely engrossed from page 1 to the finish. Beautifully written, I am moved by the stories of the foot soldiers of the Movement. John Lewis, Jim Lawson, Paul LaPrad, Bernard Lafayette, Curtis Murphy, Hank Thomas,Gloria Johnson and Diane Nash are true American heroes. Their stories were expertly told by Halberstam.


    13. Halberstam is a first rate journalist and this is a first rate account of the modern Civil Rights struggle. A must read for anyone interested in recent American history and for anyone who wants to learn about some of America's real heros.


    14. An must read for anyone interested in American history! This is an absolutely fascinating look at the civil rights movement told through the stories of the extremely young African AMerican students -- including both John Lewis and Marion Barry -- who led the movement.


    15. I really loved this book, even though it was huge and took quite a while to read. It was extremely well-written, with clear "fly-on-the-wall" reporting of amazing, terrible events. I knew a little about the freedom riders but not the incredible details described in this book.


    16. A great book about the kids that made up the civil rights movement. A must read if you are interested in that era.


    17. BeautifulA beautiful account of American heroism by one of my favorite authors. Well worth reading and hard to put down.


    18. Very good examination of the civil rights movement centered around young activists. I read it after hearing Bill Walton recommend it in a radio interview.



    19. I lent this book out and wish I got it back. Very memorable, fascinating, detailed story of several young people during this time in history.


    20. October 2007 Nashville book club book. I read half and found it very interesting, but very dense. I don't think I'll go back to finish it.


    21. I grew up knowing that sit-ins in Nashville were just as important, if not more so, than the ones in Greensboro, but my friends who were from elsewhere did not think so. In fact, most of them were unaware that anything significant involving civil rights happened in Nashville (sadly, a lot of Nashvillians are unaware of this.) Luckily, when David Halberstam was a young pup reporter of 25, he was working for The Tennessean in Nashville, and was assigned to this beat. Of course his bosses had no wa [...]


    22. This book is both interesting and well-written. It is, however, incredibly long. As much as I am enjoying it as I read, it feels a bit like an anchor around my neck. It's huge! Having just read three or four big history books this summer, I think I'll take a break from this one.18 October 2012: Our hero recommences his reading. Couldn't stop thinking about this one. I'm about half-way through. Very good stuff. 24 October 2012: Done! This is a very long book--725 pages, trade paperback, 10 point [...]


    23. How fortuitous for America that a Harvard graduate who was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson should opt for The Dailey Times Leader of West Point, Mississippi (pop 8,000) as his first reporting job. Equally fortuitous was his getting fired after 10 months and soon thereafter taking a position as a reporter at the Nashville Tennessean at the advice of his friend Hodding Carter from where he was able to observe and document the Civil Rights Movement from the year after Brown vs Board of Educa [...]


    24. A very good powerful book on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's that actually started in the 50's with a bunch of kids called, "The Children." Although MLK gets a lot of credit for the Civil Rights Movement, these kids (some seen in the film, Selma) such as John Lewis, Diane Nash, James Bevel and others were also very important. While MLK was out making sure laws were passed and getting the movement on the front pages of newspapers and on television with the first "soundbites" the Children [...]


    25. My dad gave me this book about six years ago and I never got around to reading it. It's around 800 pages which is why I think I avoided it, but I am so glad I took the time to finally read it. It follows a small group of students who began the sit-ins at lunch counters in Nashville, then became Freedom Riders in the Deep South and most of whom went on to life-long civil rights advocacy. The stories about the individuals are fascinating because they were all so young--college students--when they [...]


    26. I still have intense memories of devouring The Best and the Brightest in Cairo in 2006 during some of the worst of the Iraq War. Halberstam's gift-and-flaw is his ability to turn a social/political moment into a set of interlocking individual narratives. The large cast of characters can sometimes become difficult to disentangle; on the other hand, that depth of immersion in individual experiences creates an intense narrative force that propelled me through all 700 odd pages of the book. I read a [...]


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