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Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
Volume 2

Edited by Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
Paperback, 511 pages $49.95
Published: 15th February 2014
ISBN: 9781602589650
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Rhetoric Studies, American History

Building upon their critically acclaimed first volume, Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon’s new Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1965 is a recovery project of enormous proportions. Houck and Dixon have again combed church archives, government documents, university libraries, and private collections in pursuit of the civil rights movement’s long-buried eloquence. Their new work presents fifty new speeches and sermons delivered by both famed leaders and little-known civil rights activists on national stages and in quiet shacks. The speeches carry novel insights into the ways in which individuals and communities utilized religious rhetoric to upset the racial status quo in divided America during the civil rights era. Houck and Dixon’s work illustrates again how a movement so prominent in historical scholarship still has much to teach us. 



1 Simcha Kling, Proclaim Liberty


2 Thomas Buford Maston, I Have Not a Demon

3 Leo A. Bergman, God Looks on Mississippi and Emmett Till

4 Clyde Gordon, A View of the Race Issue

5 Herbert M. Baumgard, Those Who Have Felt the Lash of the Taskmaster


6 Charles Kenzie (C. K.) Steele, The Tallahassee Bus Protest Story


7 Aubrey N. Brown, The Church in Southern United States

8 Merrimon Cuninggim, To Fashion as We Feel

9 Thurgood Marshall, The Good People Sat Down

10 Charles C. Diggs Jr., The Star Beckons Again

11 C. O. Inge, No Time for Cowards

12 Joseph A. De Laine, God Himself Fights for You


13 Ralph McGill, Send Not to Know for Whom the Bell Tolls

14 William B. Silverman, We Will Not Yield

15 Harry Golden, The Struggle to End Racial Segregation in the South

16 Milton A. Galamison, Ties in Times of Tension

17 Paul L. Stagg, Here I Stand

18 Jacob M. Rothschild, And None Shall Make Them Afraid


19 Edward P. Morgan, Gandhi in Greensboro

20 Thomas F. Pettigrew, Religious Leadership and the Desegregation Process

21 John W. Deschner, Christian Students and the Challenge of Our Times

22 Lillian Smith, Are We Still Buying a New World with Old Confederate Bills?


23 O. Merrill Boggs, This Time of Testing

24 William B. Selah, Brotherhood


25 William Sloane Coffin Jr., The Prophetic Role

26 Adam Daniel Beittel, Race Relations in Mississippi

27 Andrew Young, The Church and Citizenship Education of the Negro in the South

28 John David Maguire, The Church in Race Relations

29 Hodding Carter Jr., The Why of Mississippi

30 Alex D. Dickson Jr., The Right to a Free Pulpit


31 Roy C. Clark, Coming to Grips with the Real Issue

32 Sargent Shriver, Religion and Race

33 Joachim Prinz, A Nation of Silent Onlookers

34 Milton L. Grafman, Sick at Heart: Kaddish for Bombing Victims 

35 James Baldwin, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Thomas Kilgore, The Face of Christ 

36 John Beecher, Their Blood Cries Out 

37 Slater King, A Rebirth of Albany 

38 William Harrison Pipes, What Would Jesus Do? 


39 Vincent Harding, Decade of Crisis 

40 Mathew Ahmann, Race: Challenge to Religion 

41 Stephen Gill Spottswood, He Being Dead Yet Speaketh 

42 Leon A. Jick, Which Side Are You On? 

43 Theo O. Fisher, Wearing Another Man’s Shoes 

44 Arthur Lelyveld, Earning the Kingdom in an Hour 

45 Cecil Albert Roberts, The Christian Ethic and Segregation 


46 Clarence Jordan, Loving Our Enemies

47 Ralph J. Bunche, The March on Montgomery

48 Stanley Yedwab, Memorial Eulogy for Mrs. Viola Liuzzo

49 Daniel Germann, What Our Amen Means

50 Clifford J. Durr, The Relevance of Morality

Permissions Acknowledgments


"Students of this era owe a debt to Houck and Davis for salvaging and sharing more of 'the multisided and messy story' of the role of religious faith in the civil rights movement."

—Joseph T. Reiff, Professor of Religion at Emory & Henry College, The Journal of Southern Religion

"Unlike millions of other Americans and much of the national news media, Davis Houck and David Dixon recognize that the civil rights movement—the largest mass struggle for human rights in American history—did not hinge on a single person or a single speech. In this collection, they supply what the public has needed for years: a broad and diversified spectrum of orations that spurred the movement onward."

—Keith D. Miller, Professor of English, Arizona State University

“Davis Houck and David Dixon have brought to life voices of the past—some perhaps unknown or forgotten—whose witnesses were ‘Light shining in the Darkness.'"

—Clay F. Lee, Bishop, Retired, The United Methodist Church

Davis W. Houck (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) is Professor of Communication at Florida State University.

David E. Dixon (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is Professor and Chair of Political Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 511 pages
 9in x 6in

  LAN015000, POL004000, REL080000
 Baylor University Press

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