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His Truth is Marching On

John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Jon Meacham



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01 September 2020
Biography: general; History
John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Using intimate interviews with Lewis and his family and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Meacham writes of how the activist and leader was inspired by the Bible, his mother's unbreakable spirit, his sharecropper father's tireless ambition, and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr. A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a preacher, practiced by preaching to the chickens he took care of. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it--his first act of non-violent protest. Integral to Lewis's commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God, and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

Meacham calls Lewis as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did--risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful--not in spite of America, but because of America, and not in spite of religion, but because of religion.
By:   Jon Meacham
Imprint:   Rand
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781984855022
ISBN 10:   1984855026
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JON MEACHAM is the author of American Lion- Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston- An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel- God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. He is also most recently the editor of American Homer- Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic The Civil War. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Reviews for His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

A valuable discussion of an extraordinary man who deserves our everlasting admiration and gratitude. --The Washington Post Meacham tells this story with his customary eloquence . . . a welcome reminder of the heroic sacrifices and remarkable achievements of those young radicals--20th-century America's greatest generation. --Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review His Truth Is Marching On is well worth reading, especially for readers with an abiding interest in the intersection of religion and progressive politics . . . an inspiring book that comes at a time when the world desperately needs inspiration. --NPR An elegant, moving portrait of a giant of post-1950 American history. --Kirkus Reviews Meacham talks directly to the reader, his eyes burning, his voice calm but quaking with emotion. . . . Meacham takes the familiar story of the scars and bruises on John Lewis' body as literally an embodiment of the struggles of the civil rights era, and brings alive with cinematic conviction the backstory of how specifically those blows came about. --SF Chronicle His Truth Is Marching On combines careful reporting, historic photographs, and detailed notes and appendices. But the book ultimately shines brightest as a story of how one man made a difference by believing in justice and offering hope for a nation in difficult times. --Chapter 16

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