WGBH Forum Network; At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968 Taylor Branch, writer, 1989 Pulitzer Prize 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. Taylor Branch is the best selling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize) and Pillar of Fire, the second volume of the trilogy covering the years 1963-1965. He has won nearly every major literary award for his trilogy including the National Book Critics Circle Award and Best Book of the Year from The New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, he is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's and Esquire.
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AT CANAAN'S EDGE: AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS, 1965-1968 TAYLOR BRANCH, WRITER, 1989 PULITZER PRIZE
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.
TAYLOR BRANCH IS THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF PARTING THE WATERS: AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS, 1954-1963 (FOR WHICH HE WON THE PULITZER PRIZE) AND PILLAR OF FIRE, THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE TRILOGY COVERING THE YEARS 1963-1965. HE HAS WON NEARLY EVERY MAJOR LITERARY AWARD FOR HIS TRILOGY INCLUDING THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD AND BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, THE BOSTON GLOBE AND THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. THE AUTHOR OF TWO OTHER NONFICTION BOOKS AND A NOVEL, HE IS A FORMER STAFF MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON MONTHLY, HARPER'S AND ESQUIRE.
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