John A. Salmond's My Mind Set On Freedom

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In John A. Salmond’s intriguing book My Mind Set on Freedom, he brings to light the hardships of the African American people during a movement that evidently shaped the future for a progressing country. Based on the fight for freedom in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, Salmond thrusts you into an epic battle that occurred for the oppressed African American race in America. Salmond’s main theme throughout the novel was that many great people battled the great evil of slavery/oppression, and waged an inevitable battle of triumph. “Nevertheless, the years between 1955 and 1968 saw the movement at its zenith, and it transformed the South and cleansed the nation of a great moral evil.”(162). In his viewpoint, Salmond explains the many occasions of racism throughout the South, and concedes their impact on the Civil rights movement; both good, and bad. The thesis of the novel is simply stated in the preface that the African American people sough their guiding light in…show more content…
From the NAACP, police reports of violence, presidential leaders, encyclopedias and other books, with primary focus on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Easily one could tell the Salmond looked up a great deal to MLK. Using excerpts of speeches thought the novel, and a long list of the action King took in order to free his people from the chains of racism. Using Kings marches, and movements in chapter 3, 4 and 5. At the end of the novel, Salmond credits the majority of the Civil Rights movement to Martin Luther King Jr, “But it was Martin Luther King who became the movements embodiment, who gave it its ideology, whose words and actions best demonstrated its moral purpose.”(163). Using King as his outspoken source, Salmond credibly gets his point across to me. Certainly because Martin Luther King was/is the most talked about, and greatest Civil Rights activist spoken about to this day in
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