In Depth with Taylor Branch
Taylor Branch talked about his life, his writing, and his interest in telling the story of the civil rights movement through the lens of… read more
Taylor Branch talked about his life, his writing, and his interest in telling the story of the civil rights movement through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.
The program opened with a clip of a Universal newsreel about the march from Selma. Video pictures were shown of Coretta Scott King at a rally to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on August 23, 2003. A video clip was shown of Representative John Lewis (D-GA) on May 15, 2003 answering a question about his involvement in the civil rights movement. Recordings were heard of telephone conversations then President Johnson had with then Alabama Governor George Wallace and with then Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Two video clips, which were taped by the BookTV Bus when it was in Atlanta, Georgia, were shown of a reader asking the author a question. One reader asked about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s relationship with the federal government. The other reader asked about Mr. Branch’s field research methods. In two video clips of an interview done at his family home outside Baltimore, Mr. Branch talked about how he constructs his books. A video clip was shown of an interview from April 15, 1998, where Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, talked about his abandonment of the non-violent approach to the civil rights movement. Other pictures shown included illustrations from Mr. Branch’s books and family photographs.
The third and final installment of Taylor Branch’s biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68, was published in January 2006 by Simon and Schuster. The first installment, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for 1988. The second installment, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, was published ten years later in 1998. Mr. Branch’s other books are: Labyrinth, co-authored with Eugene Propper (1982); The Empire Blues (1981); Second Wind, co-authored with Bill Russell (1979); and Blowing the Whistle, co-authored with Charles Peters (1972). Mr. Branch was also the ghostwriter for former Nixon counsel John Dean on his book Blind Ambition, an inside account of the workings of the Nixon White House. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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