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The Civil Rights Movement

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This introduction to the Civil Rights Movement synthesises its history, explaining its origins, development and results as well as historiographical debates. A survey based on a wealth of recent scholarship, it provides a critical perspective on the movement, eschewing the celebratory tone that pervades much of the current literature, and taking into account the African-American community's diversity. Mark Newman outlines the range of white responses to the movement and analyses both northern and southern opinion. He examines the role of the federal government, the church and organised labour, as well as assessing the impact of the Cold War. The book discusses local, regional, and national civil rights campaigns; the utility of non-violent direct action; and the resurgence of black nationalism. And it explains the development, achievements and disintegration of the national civil rights coalition, the role of Martin Luther King Jr and the contribution of many otherwise ordinary men and women to the movement.
The insufficiently appreciated National Association for the Advancement of Colored People receives particular attention, with contrasts drawn between the national office and state conferences and local branches. In detailing and assessing the African-American struggle between the 1930s and 1980s, Newman widens the movement's traditional chronology, offering readers a broad-ranging history. Key Features *Covers both the north and south of America *Broad chronological coverage -- begins in 1941 and ends in 1989, covering the origins and long-term effects of the movement *Discusses the historiography of the CRM, at an appropriate level for undergraduates
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 399.17g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748615938
  • 9780748615933
  • 882,385

Table of contents

Chronology; Abbreviations; 1. Prerequisites for Change; i) The Nature of Racial Discrimination; ii) The Great Migration; iii) The New Deal; iv) Challenges to Injustice in the South; 2. The Emergence of the Movement, 1941-1959; i) The Impact of the Second World War; ii) Jim Crow Under Attack; iii) Massive Resistance; iv) The Movement Stalled; 3. The End of Jim Crow in the South, 1960-1965; i) The Sit-Ins; ii) The Kennedy Administration and Civil Rights; iii) The Civil Rights Act of 1964; iv) Selam and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; 4. The Disintegration of the National Civil Rights Movement Coalition, 1964-1968; i) The Mississippi Summer Project; ii) Northern Protests; iii) Black Power; iv) The Poor People's Campaign; 5. Civil Rights in a Conservative Era; i) Nixon's 'Southern Strategy'; ii) A New South?: Protest and Politics; iii) The Struggle in the North; iv) The Federal Government and Civil Rights: From Ford to Reagan; 6. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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An excellent introduction to the Civil Rights Movement... Highly recommended. -- K J. Volanto, Collin country Community College District Social Studies of Science An excellent introduction to the Civil Rights Movement... Highly recommended.
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About Mark Newman

Mark Newman is a Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the award-winning Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945--1995 (2001) and Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights in Mississippi (2004).
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