Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement: A Fragile Coalition, 1967-1973Hardback
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- Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
- Format: Hardback | 408 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 239mm x 30mm | 839g
- Publication date: 29 July 2014
- Publication City/Country: Westport
- ISBN 10: 144083265X
- ISBN 13: 9781440832659
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
Focusing on four major civil rights groups, Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement: A Fragile Coalition, 1967-1973 documents how factions within the movement and sabotage from the federal government led to the gradual splintering of the Civil Rights Movement. Well-known historian Christopher P. Lehman builds his case convincingly, utilizing his original research on the Movement's later years-a period typically overlooked and unexamined in the existing literature on the Movement. The book identifies how each civil rights group challenged poverty, violence, and discrimination differently from one another and describes how the federal government intentionally undermined civil rights organizations' efforts. It also shows how civil rights activists gravitated to political careers, explains the rising prominence of civil rights speakers to the Movement in the absence of political organizing by civil rights groups, and documents the Movement's influence upon Richard Nixon's presidency.
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Christopher P. Lehman, PhD, is professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
"This work should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of the civil rights movement. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." - Choice