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Courage To Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (11 Edition)

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The Civil Rights Movement that emerged in the United States after World War Two was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination. In this sweeping history of Civil Rights in Atlanta from the 1940s through 1980--which won both the 2012 Bancroft Prize and the 2012 Liberty Legacy Prize from the Organization of American Historians--Tomiko Brown-Nagin details the many varieties of activists and activism within the movement. Long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta intensely debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice.

This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries--both well-known legal figures and unsung citizens--from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, "integration." Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the integrationist agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin moves from debates over political tactics, housing, public accommodations, and schools to the bruising battle over school desegregation in the 1970s. That contest, which featured opposing camps of African Americans, had its roots in the pre Brown v. Board of Education era.

Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle-class and working-class African Americans, Courage to Dissent tells gripping stories about the long struggle for equality that speak to the nation's ongoing racial divisions. Remarkably authoritative, it will transform our understanding of the Civil Rights era.

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In this Bancroft Prize-winning history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta from the end of World War II to 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a name, African Americans in Atlanta questioned the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain a share of the American dream. This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries--both well-known figures and unsung citizens--from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, "integration." Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin documents debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools. Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle-class and working-class African Americans, Courage to Dissent transforms our understanding of the Civil Rights era.

About the Author

Tomiko Brown-Nagin is the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. She earned a law degree from Yale University, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and received a Ph.D. in history from Duke University.

Table of Contents

Part One: A.T. Walden and Pragmatic Civil Rights Lawyering in the Postwar Era

1. "Aren't Going to let a Nigger Practice in our Courts": The Milieu of Civil Rights Pragmatism

2. The Roots of Pragmatism: Voting Rights Activism inside and outside the Courts, 1944-1957

3. Housing Markets, Black and White: Negotiating the Postwar Housing Crisis, 1944-1959

4. "Segregaton Pure and Simple": School, Community, and the NAACP's Education Litigation, 1942-1958

5. More than "Polite Segregation": Brown in Public Spaces, 1954-1959

Part Two: The Movement, Its Lawyers, and the Fight for Racial Justice during the 1960s

6. Seeking Redress in the Streets: The Student Movement's Challenge to Racial Pragmatism and Legal Liberalism, 1960-1961

7. A Volatile Alliance: The Marriage of Lawyers and Demonstrators, 1961-1964

8. Local People as Agents of Constitutional Change: The Movement against "Private" Discrimination and the Countermobilization, 1963-1964

9. "New Politics": Law, Organizing, and a "Movement of Movements" in the Southern Ghetto, 1965-1967

Part Three: Questioning Brown: Lawyers, Courts, and Communities in Struggle

10. A Curious Silence: Community Activism and the Legal Campaign to Implement Brown, 1958-1971

11. An End to an "Annual Agony": The Backlash against Brown and Busing, 1971-1974

12. "Bus them to Philadelphia": A Feminist Lawyer and Poor Mothers Crusade to Redeem Brown, 1972-1980

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199932016
Author:
Brown-nagin, Tomiko
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Subject:
World History-General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w illus.
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
6.1 x 8.9 x 1.5 in 1.55 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this Bancroft Prize-winning history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta from the end of World War II to 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a name, African Americans in Atlanta questioned the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain a share of the American dream. This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries--both well-known figures and unsung citizens--from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, "integration." Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin documents debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools. Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle-class and working-class African Americans, Courage to Dissent transforms our understanding of the Civil Rights era.
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