Into the bright sunshine : young Hubert Humphrey and the fight for civil rights / Samuel G. Freedman.
"Hubert Humphrey, a fallen hero and a dying man, rose on rickety legs to approach the podium of the Philadelphia Convention Hall, his pulpit for the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania. He clutched a sheaf of paper with his speech for the occasion, typed and double-spaced by an assistant from his extemporaneous dictation, and then marked up in pencil by Humphrey himself. A note on the first page, circled to draw particular attention, read simply, "30 years ago - Here." In this place, at that time, twenty-nine years earlier to be precise, he had made history. From the dais now, Humphrey beheld five thousand impending graduates, an ebony sea of gowns and mortarboards, broken by one iconoclast in a homemade crown, two in ribboned bonnets, and another whose headgear bore the masking-tape message HI MA PA. In the horseshoe curve of the arena's double balcony loomed eight thousand parents and siblings, children, and friends. Wearing shirtsleeves and cotton shifts amid the stale heat, they looked like pale confetti from where Humphrey stood, and their flash cameras flickered away, a constellation of pinpricks"-- Provided by publisher.
"From one of the country's most distinguished journalists, a revisionist and riveting look at the American politician whom history has judged a loser, yet who played a key part in the greatest social movement of the 20th century." -- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 0197535194
- ISBN: 9780197535196
- Physical Description: xv, 488 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
- Copyright: ©2023
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
"30 years ago--here" -- Beyond the meridian -- "Horse-high, hog-tight, bull-strong" -- A path out of the dust -- The silken curtain and the silver shirt -- The Jim Crow car -- Vessel and voice -- "We must set the example" -- "We are looking in the mirror" -- The coming confrontation -- Inside agitator.
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|Subject:||Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
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