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"The civil rights movement was, at heart, a religious movement, yet there are relatively few books that locate some of the key developments of that movement in the churches, especially as ably as Shearer has done here."

"A unique book which brings to light many important events in the life of the Mennonite Church."

"Recommended."

"One of the most interesting works of Mennonite history in some time."

"Daily Demonstrators offers a unique examination of under-explored aspects of the American civil rights movement."

"Daily Demonstrators is well written, and Shearer's conclusions are sound... It is a must read for scholars of the civil rights movement and twentieth-century Mennonite history. It is also recommended for those interested in twentieth-century race relations. With this work, Shearer has taken a difficult subject and woven his evidence into a usable narrative that reveals a striking portrait of resistance, ambivalence,personalized protest, and a concern for justice among American Mennonites during the mid-twentieth century."

"Admirably argued and well researched."

"It shows that the accomplishments of the civil rights movement cannot reasonably be attributed to a few charismatic individuals or a few mass-based nationwide organizations."

"Shearer's focus on the intimate aspects of activism is a scholarly direction to appreciate."

"A careful, compassionate, but critical study of the Mennonites and the civil rights movement from 1918 to 1971."

"Daily Demonstrators presents a new and much-needed perspective on the African American freedom struggle from the 1940s to the 1970s."