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Robert Parris MosesA Life in Civil Rights and Leadership at the Grassroots$
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Laura Visser-Maessen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627984

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627984.001.0001

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The Making of a Mind

The Making of a Mind

(p.10) Chapter One The Making of a Mind
Robert Parris Moses

Laura Visser-Maessen

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter details Moses’s path into the 1960s civil rights movement by tracing the influences that shaped his ideas before he joined SNCC. Set against the general atmosphere of the Great Migration, Depression-era Harlem, the post-war boom of the 1940s, and Cold War conservatism, central themes are Moses’s relation with his father, his Harlem and family background, the (black) church and institutionalized religion (including Quakerism and Buddhism), and his experiences at segregated black and elite white schools including Stuyvesant high school, Hamilton College, and Harvard, and his trips to Europe and Japan with the American Friends Service Committee. Special emphasis is given to his encounters with the Old Left, and his identification with pacifism, Albert Camus’ existentialism, and the 1960s sit-in movement.

Keywords:   Stuyvesant High School, Hamilton College, Great Migration, Harlem, Cold War, Quakerism, Buddhism, Existentialism, Old Left, Sit-in movement

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