Alistair Cooke - Letter from America: Eyewitness in the civil rights era

In the second half of the 20th Century, far-reaching social changes swept across the United States - changes that were reflected in Alistair Cooke's weekly broadcasts.

Here, in the third of five slideshows featuring highlights from the Letter from America collection, Cooke recalls the opposition to the first black students at the University of Alabama, the hypnotic allure of Martin Luther King, and the changing faces on the multicultural streets of New York City.

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The BBC has published over 900 episodes of Alistair Cooke's Letter from America which were originally broadcast between 1946 and 2004.

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Images courtesy: Cooke Americas LLP, Getty Images and AP. Music by KPM Music.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 2 November 2012.

More Alistair Cooke audio slideshows:

JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Watergate

My friends Bing and Chaplin

Celebrating 4 July and Thanksgiving

The road to the White House

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