Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle / Edition 1

Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle / Edition 1

by Steven F. Lawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813191548

ISBN-13: 9780813191546

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Over the past thirty years, Steven F. Lawson has established himself as one of the nation's leading historians of the black struggle for equality. Civil Rights Crossroads is an important collection of Lawson's writings about the civil rights movement that is essential reading for anyone concerned about the past, present, and future of race relations in

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Over the past thirty years, Steven F. Lawson has established himself as one of the nation's leading historians of the black struggle for equality. Civil Rights Crossroads is an important collection of Lawson's writings about the civil rights movement that is essential reading for anyone concerned about the past, present, and future of race relations in America. Lawson examines the movement from a variety of perspectives — local and national, political and social — to offer penetrating insights into the civil rights movement and its influence on contemporary society.

Civil Rights Crossroads also illuminates the role of a broad array of civil rights activists, familiar and unfamiliar. Lawson describes the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon Johnson to shape the direction of the struggle, as well as the extraordinary contributions of ordinary people like Fannie Lou Hamer, Harry T. Moore, Ruth Perry, Theodore Gibson, and many other unsung heroes of the most important social movement of the twentieth century. Lawson also examines the decades-long battle to achieve and expand the right of African Americans to vote and to implement the ballot as the cornerstone of attempts at political liberation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813191546
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Studying the Civil Rights Movement
Freedom Then, Freedom Now3
Pt. 2Lyndon B. Johnson and the Black Freedom Struggle
Exploring Johnson's Civil Rights Policy31
The Improbable Emancipator56
Mixing Moderation with Militancy71
Pt. 3Civil Rights and Black Politics
From Boycotts to Ballots97
Preserving the Second Reconstruction119
The Unmaking of the Second Reconstruction135
Pt. 4From the Bottom Up
Florida's Little Scottsboro177
Investigations and Massive Resistance196
From Sit-in to Race Riot217
Pt. 5New Paths of Exploration
Rock 'n' Roll, the Payola Scandal, and the Political Culture of Civil Rights237
Women, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation265
Notes284
Selected Bibliography354
Index366

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