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'Free All Along' Illuminates the civil rights movement

In 1964, as the civil rights struggle unfolded across the American South, novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren recorded interviews with leaders of the movement, assembling insights that would inform his book “Who Speaks for the Negro?” the following year. The book included excerpts from his interviews, preserved in transcripts that eventually ended up at the Robert Penn Warren Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. 

edited by Stephen Drury Smith and Catherine Ellis, reproduces many of the transcripts for the first

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