Making the Movement

Making the Movement : How Activists Fought for Civil Rights with Buttons, Flyers, Pins, and Posters

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A history of the Civil Rights Movement from Emancipation through the 1980s, told through 200 objects (buttons, badges, posters, leaflets, and more) created by activists as tools to advance the fight for justice and freedom.

From Reconstruction through Jim Crow, through the protest era of the 1960s and '70s to current-day resistance and activism, the material culture of the Civil Rights Movement has been integral to its goals and tactics. During decades of sit-ins, marches, legal campaigns, boycotts, and demonstrations, objects such as buttons, flyers, and posters have been key in the fight against racism, oppression, and violence.

Making the Movement presents more than 200 of these nonviolent weapons alongside the story of the activists, organizations, and campaigns that defined and propelled the cause of civil rights. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to learn about Black history in the United States, and about strategies to combat racism and the structures that support it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 191 x 254 x 22.86mm | 771.11g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1648961088
  • 9781648961083
  • 1,753,385

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"Making the Movement compiles over 150 years of the material artifacts of the most consequential democratic movement in our nation's history, the long movement for civil rights. The story of Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow and racial terror, key figures and organizations, court decisions, legislative actions, and the power of grassroots mobilization are all revealed in the material culture so ably contextualized in this volume. Making the Movement is an important scholarly contribution, but many of us will simply want to have it in our private collections as an indispensable resource to understanding the Civil Rights Movement, with its material culture and David Crane as our guides."
- Brian M. Harward, Professor and Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science, Allegheny College
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About David L Crane

David L. Crane is the founder of the traveling exhibition Making the Movement: Civil Rights Museum. He is on the faculty of the history department of Alamance Community College. Crane lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Elon, North Carolina.
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