Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle, 1914-1970


A study of the Baltimore NAACP branch and its vanguard efforts including a detailed examination of its longtime president, Lillie M. Jackson
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A study of the Baltimore NAACP branch and its vanguard efforts including a detailed examination of its longtime president, Lillie M. Jackson
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"Meticulously researched this is an outstanding work on the NAACP that affords invaluable insights into the workings of the Association at grassroots level. Sartain has provided a major new study on the history of one of the NAACPs most important branches that will be essentially reading for civil rights scholars. He highlights the often indispensable role played by women at branch level and sheds fresh insights into the civil rights careers and achievements of Lillie M. Jackson and her daughter Juanita Jackson, restoring them to their rightful position in the history of the civil rights struggle in Baltimore."

--Kevern Verney , professor in American history and associate dean in the faculty of arts and sciences at Edge Hill University and co-organizer of the Barack Obama Research Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

"This is a valuable and welcome addition to the literature. It adds to our understanding of the movement, the NAACP, and of the role of women in civil rights leadership. We get to appreciate the complexity of the Baltimore branch's activities and the remarkable career of Mrs Lillie Jackson. Sartain tracks the branch from its fragile beginnings through countless legal battles and community campaigns and for most of this time, Mrs. Jackson adeptly holds the reins. Libraries beyond Maryland with an interest in the freedom struggle and the new scholarship on the old N-Double A should take heed and order."

--Peter Ling, professor of American studies, University of Nottingham; co-editor of Gender and the Civil Rights Movement and author Martin Luther King

"Borders of Equality is a deeply researched, persuasive contribution to the civil rights movement, particularly to our understanding of role of The NAACP in the struggle for racial justice in Baltimore, Maryland. The author points to the organization's legendary leadership and visionary activism from the perspective of class and gender, while at the same time he shows the organizational struggle from one generation to the other. This study is essential reading for a comprehensive understanding of the history of the NAACP."

--Merline Pitre, former president of the Texas State Historical Association and author of In Struggle against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957

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Lee Sartain, Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom, is a senior lecturer in American studies at the University of Portsmouth. He is the coeditor of Long Is the Way and Hard: One Hundred Years of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the author of Invisible Activists: Women in the Louisiana NAACP and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1915-1945.
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