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Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #3: The Civil Rights Movementby David Welch
Synopses & Reviews
The Civil Rights Movement is a collection of the best scholarship on one of America's most important social movements. Editor Jack Davis expands the usual historical boundaries of the Civil Rights Movement as he follows it from pre-World War II activism to the affirmative action initiatives begun in the 1960s. These essays reveal the grassroots character of the movement by exploring its continuity, local nature, and decentralized and diverse leadership. Through this broader scope, students learn about women's activism, white liberals and moderates, local initiatives, environmental racism, and black political empowerment.
Twelve essays are arranged chronologically and topically, each with supporting primary documents, a detailed timeline, and further reading lists. This collection provides an ideal source for teaching Civil Rights with a fresh perspective.
The Civil Rights Movement is a collection of the best new scholarship on what is arguably the most important American social movement of the twentieth century. Designed for students, the volume contains twelve essays and supporting primary documents arranged chronologically and by topic with a detailed timeline and further reading lists. Emphasizing the wide chronological and geographic scope of the movement, this collection provides a perfect source for teaching the movement with a fresh perspective and new ideas.
About the Author
Jack E. Davis teaches history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez since 1930 (2001).
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms.
Part I: Sowing Seeds.
Article: Southern Reformers, the New Deal, and the Movement's Foundation. (Patricia Sullivan).
Document A: Street Car Petition, Jacksonville, Florida, 1901.
Document B: NAACP School Desegregation Petition, 1955.
2. Labor and Civil Rights.
Article: Organized Labor and the Struggle for Black Equality in Mobile during World War II. (Bruce Nelson).
Document A : Transcription of Tape Documentary on Natchez Laundry Workers Strike, October 17, 1965.
Document B: Memoirs of a Birmingham Coal Miner, 1964.
Part II: Defiance.
3. White Resistance.
Article: Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction Against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964. (Thomas J. Sugrue).
Document A:Untitled Little Rock Poem, ca. 1957.
Document B: Americans for the Preservation of the White Race, Broadside, ca 1960s.
Document C: Brumsic Brandon Jr. "Up North, Down South," cartoons, 1963.
4. Anti-Communism, Anti-Civil Rights.
Article: Race and Red-Baiting. (Adam Fairclough).
Document A: Defender's News and View's Aug-Sept 1959.
Letter to the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, 1960.
Part III: Participants.
5. Liberals and Moderates.
Article: "South of the South?": Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960. (Raymond A. Mohl).
Document A: The Conversion of Peggy Terry, ca 1950s.
Document B: "One can not be a Christian and a Segregationist, Too," 1979.
6. Women in the Civil Rights Movement.
Article: Passing the Torch: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement: LaVerne Gyant.
Document A: Fannie Lou Hamer, "The Special Plight and Role of Black Women," 1971.
Document B: Septima Poinsette Clark Memoir, 1979, 1984.
Clarice T. Campbell Correspondence, summer 1956.
Part IV: Local-National Relationships.
7. The NAACP.
Article: The NAACP in North Carolina during the Age of Segregation. (Raymond Gavins).
Document A:NAACP v. Button, 1963.
Document B: Jackson, Mississippi, Boycott Campaign, 1962-63.
Article: Baseball's Reluctant Challenge: Desegregating Major League Spring Training Sites, 1961-1964. (Jack E. Davis).
Document A: Siege at Savannah, 1964.
Document B: People in Motion: The Story of the Birmingham Movement, 1966.
Part V: Empowerment.
9. Black Power and Culture.
Article: New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975. (William L. Van DeBurg).
Document A:Robert Williams, Negroes With Guns, 1962.
Document B: Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton, "The Search for New Forms," 1967.
Document C: Brumsic Brandon Jr. cartoon, 1968.
10. Political Power.
Article: The Civil Rights Movement as Urban Reform: Atlanta's Black Neighborhoods and a New "Progessivism": Ronald H. Bayor.
Document A: Voter Registration Testimonies, ca 1960s.
Document B: Petition, August 29, 1965.
Document C: Shaw v. Reno, 1993.
Part VI: The Continuing Saga.
11. Environmental Injustice.
Article: From NIMBY to Civil Rights: The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement. (Eileen Maura McGurty).
Document A: Slum Clearance, Community Style, ca 1940s.
Document B: Letter Addressing Lead Poisoning, 1957.
12. Affirmative Action.
Article: Race, History, and Policy, African Americans and Civil Rights Since 1964. (Hugh Davis Graham).
Document A: The Kerner Report, Employment Report, Introduction, 1968.
Document B: Keyes v. School District No. 1, Denver, Colorado (1973).
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