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When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, Atlanta had the South's largest population of college-educated African Americans. The dictates of Jim Crow meant that these men and women were almost entirely excluded from public life, but as Karen Ferguson demonstrates, Roosevelt's New Deal opened unprecedented opportunities for black Atlantans struggling to achieve full citizenship.

Black reformers, often working within federal agencies as social workers and administrators, saw the inclusion of African Americans in New Deal social welfare programs as a chance to prepare black Atlantans to take their rightful place in the political and social mainstream. They also worked to build a constituency they could mobilize for civil rights, in the process facilitating a shift from elite reform to the mass mobilization that marked the postwar black freedom struggle.

Although these reformers' efforts were an essential prelude to civil rights activism, Ferguson argues that they also had lasting negative repercussions, embedded as they were in the politics of respectability. By attempting to impose bourgeois behavioral standards on the black community, elite reformers stratified it into those they determined deserving to participate in federal social welfare programs and those they consigned to remain at the margins of civic life.

Synopsis:

Ferguson looks at how black reformers in Atlanta used New Deal federal programs to advance their struggle for citizenship--and how they used their authority as agents of the state to impose a bourgeois "politics of respectability" that effectively stratified the black community.

About the Author

Karen Ferguson is assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853702
Author:
Ferguson, Karen
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Lugenia Burns Hope, John Hope, Raymond Henderson, Rayford Logan, Benjamin Davis Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Clarence Bacote, Robert Thompson, Will W. Alexander, Clark Foreman, William Hartsfield, Angelo Hernd
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Atlanta
Subject:
State, Provincial & Local Government
Subject:
New Deal, 19
Subject:
Elite
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Government - State & Provincial
Subject:
African American social reformers
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Atlanta, Georgia
Subject:
Atlanta (Ga.) Race relations.
Subject:
Atlanta (Ga.) Politics and government.
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
Series Volume:
2335
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, 16 illus., 4 tables, 2 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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