Marching For Freedom Analysis

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Marching for Freedom

On a grey Sunday morning in March of 1965, Alabama State Troopers at the orders of Governor George Wallace advanced on a group of African-Americans leading a march across the Edmund Pettus
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The events of “Bloody Sunday” had been caught on tape by NBC reporters and were aired live nationally the very same night after the event occurred. Most major newspapers including the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune ran big cover story articles on the march, many of which included pictures. One article written by Roy Reed of the New York Times thoroughly describes the events of police brutality that were occurring. John Lewis, chairman of the SNCC, cites Reed’s very same article in his book, “Walking With the wind; a memoir of the movement”, as he describes the events of the “Bloody Sunday.” Lewis states that he recalled receiving letters and phone calls the day after the event from people as far away as Minnesota and New York (Lewis, 332) who were registering their support with the protestors. The media was undoubtedly one of the key assets in gaining support among northerners to the black cause in the South. One powerful image featured in Lewis’ book shows state troopers advancing on the protestors with gas masks and clubs. Another picture, taken moments later, shows the police with raised clubs beating several protestors and herding the rest back in the direction they came from. As Americans watched police beat and gas these human beings, many were shocked at what they saw and felt that the violence that was taking place must come to an end. The …show more content…
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