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Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #3: The Civil Rights Movementby Paul K. Davis
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Blackwell's scholarly anthology expands the traditional geography of civil rights into places like St. Augustine, Miami, Tuskegee, Savannah, Durham, Nachez, and Port Gibson, Mississippi. The temporal map of civil rights is also expanded, stretching back before the (1954) decision, to (1896) which challenged a state segregation law enacted in the interest of whites, and to (1915) which struck down Oklahoma's grandfather clause intended to disenfranchise African American voters. The volume begins with a civil rights chronology spanning from 1863 (Emanicipation Proclamation) to 1998 (the conviction of a Klansmen for the murder of a civil rights activist) and follows with essays intended to expand upon the traditional confines of the topic. For example, readers find that many African Americans before Rosa Parks refused to give their seats to whites, and that in addition to Greensboro, there were other whites-only gate- crashers, like C. Bette Wimbish, who helped integrate lunch counters in St. Petersburg. Suited for college level.
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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
Notes on contributors — Series editor's preface — Acknowledgments — List of acronyms — Chronology — Introduction — Pt. I. Sowing seeds. 1. Foundations ; 2. Labor and civil rights — Pt. II. Defiance. 3. White resistance ; 4. Anticommunism, anti-civil rights — Pt. III. Participants. 5. Liberals and moderates ; 6. Women in the civil rights movements — Pt. IV. Local-national relationships. 7. The NAACP ; 8. Grassroots — Pt. V. Empowerment. 9. Black power and culture ; 10. Political power — Pt. VI. The continuing saga. 11. Environmental injustice ; 12. Affirmative action — Index.
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