At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968

MON, MAR 6, 2006 (1:11:19)

Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch discusses the final years of Martin Luther King Jr’s life, when King and America stood “at Canaan’s edge.” In the third and final volume of his three-part biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968, Branch paints a vivid picture of American society in the mid-20th century. As the war in Viet Nam and social unrest at home began to fray the nation’s optimism and faith in the future, King sought to expand the Civil Rights Movement into protests of the war and calls for broader social and economic justice. Within a few short years, his commanding and prophetic voice was silenced. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

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Taylor Branch is best known for his prizewinning trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The first volume, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-Fiction in 1988. The subesquent two volumes, and Pillar of Fire and At Canaan’s Edge also went on to win numerous awards. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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