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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Pat Cusick, June 19, 1989. Interview L-0043. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Remarks on the increasingly broad, dynamic study of the civil rights movement

Cusick comments on the historical trend to present a fuller portrait of the civil rights movement. He applauds Taylor Branch's Pulitzer Prize-winning book as well as Henry Hampton's monumental <cite>Eyes on the Prize</cite> documentary as two pieces that humanize Martin Luther King and show the civil rights movement as dynamic.

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Oral History Interview with Pat Cusick, June 19, 1989. Interview L-0043. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PAT CUSICK:
I really recommend Parting the Waters.
PAMELA DEAN:
I went out and bought it after you mentioned it on the phone.
PAT CUSICK:
He really documented his work. I mean, he really did a good job. For someone who was not there, it probably was one of the better jobs that could have been done on it.
PAMELA DEAN:
Well, as a historian I'll argue that it sometimes has to be someone who was not there.
PAT CUSICK:
That's right.
PAMELA DEAN:
To have a perspective to get the breadth of perspective.
PAT CUSICK:
Well, that's right. Excuse me, right. And what he did was so great too. He didn't make a myth out of king. He presented King, the man, who had to really struggle at times to get on top of what was happening and his whole human bit, the middle-class conflicts versus his strong desire to be with the people and all this type of thing. He really presented that and did a very, very good job of it, I think, as well as the whole Hoover and the wire tapping and the Kennedys and all of that.
PAMELA DEAN:
I'm definitely looking forward to reading that.
PAT CUSICK:
He's coming out with two more. This carries it right up pass the march on Washington. Because I had been so disgusted until Henry Hampton did Eyes on the Prize because what had been done just never captured the… ...