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Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace (Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press)

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In the 1950s, the exclusion of women and of black and Latino men from higher-paying jobs was so universal as to seem normal to most Americans. Today, diversity in the workforce is a point of pride. How did such a transformation come about?

In this bold and groundbreaking work, Nancy MacLeanshows how African-American and later Mexican-American civil rights activists and feminists concluded that freedom alone would not suffice: access to jobs at all levels is a requisite of full citizenship. Tracing the struggle to open the American workplace to all, MacLean chronicles the cultural and political advances that have irrevocably changed our nation over the past fifty years.

Freedom Is Not Enough reveals the fundamental role jobs play in the struggle for equality. We meet the grassroots activists--rank-and-file workers, community leaders, trade unionists, advocates, lawyers--and their allies in government who fight for fair treatment, as we also witness the conservative forces that assembled to resist their demands. Weaving a powerful and memorable narrative, MacLean demonstrates the life-altering impact of the Civil Rights Act and the movement for economic advancement that it fostered.

The struggle for jobs reached far beyond the workplace to transform American culture. MacLean enables us to understand why so many came to see good jobs for all as the measure of full citizenship in a vital democracy. Opening up the workplace, she shows, opened minds and hearts to the genuine inclusion of all Americans for the first time in our nation's history.

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In this bold and groundbreaking work, Nancy MacLean shows how African-American and later Mexican-American civil rights activists and feminists concluded that freedom alone would not suffice: access to jobs at all levels is a requisite of full citizenship. Tracing the struggle to open the American workplace to all, MacLean chronicles the cultural and political advances that have irrevocably changed our nation over the past fifty years.

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2007 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association

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2007 Philip Taft Labor History Prize, Cornell University

About the Author

Nancy MacLeanis Professor of History and African American Studies at <>Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: Jobs and Belonging

Part I: African Americans Shake the Old Order

1. The Rightness of Whiteness

2. The Fight Begins

3. Civil Rights at Work

Part II: Others Reposition Themselves

4. Women Challenge "Jane Crow"

5. Are Mexican Americans "Whites" or "People of Color"?

6. Jewish Americans Divide over Justice

7. Conservatives Shift from "Massive Resistance" to "Color-Blindness"

Part III: The Challenge of the New Order

8. The Lonesomeness of Pioneering

9. The Struggle for Inclusion since the Reagan Era

Epilogue

Abbreviations in Notes

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674027497
Author:
Maclean, Nancy
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
MacLean, Nancy
Author:
Nancy
Author:
MacLean
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press
Publication Date:
March 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this bold and groundbreaking work, Nancy MacLean shows how African-American and later Mexican-American civil rights activists and feminists concluded that freedom alone would not suffice: access to jobs at all levels is a requisite of full citizenship. Tracing the struggle to open the American workplace to all, MacLean chronicles the cultural and political advances that have irrevocably changed our nation over the past fifty years.
"Synopsis" by , 2007 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association
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