Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr.: Politics and Power in a Small American City

ISBN: 0374526885
ISBN 13: 9780374526887
By: J.L. Chestnut Jr. Julia Cass

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On March 7, 1965, George Wallace, Governor of Alabama, lined the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with state troopers to prevent a civil rights march to Montgomery for the black vote. Among those present was a thirty-four-year-old lawyer, J. L. Chestnut, Jr., the only black lawyer in Selma at that time, a man whose own struggle both parallels and exemplifies the growth of the civil rights movement since the early sixties. Journalist Julia Cass met Chestnut while covering the South for The Philadelphia Inquirer and was struck not only by the representative nature of his story but by his deeply perceptive reading of the realities of power and politics in the South. The result of their collaboration is Black in Selma, Chestnut's extraordinary autobiography.

Reader's Thoughts


interesting essay on the exercise of power and leadership, folded into great and important history in the form of a biography of a very interesting man

Jeff Anderson

An amazing book.


Coming from apartheid South Africa, the history of American racist past is fascinating to me. It is a subject close to my heart and this book gave me an insight into the modern day America.

Martha Garvey

Wrenching and necessary.

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