The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939

The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939

by Robert L Harris Jr.
     
 

Marian Anderson's 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, Robert L. Harris Jr. and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and… See more details below

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Marian Anderson's 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, Robert L. Harris Jr. and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods. They consider how changes in immigration patterns have complicated the conventional "black/white" dichotomy in American society and discuss the often uneasy coexistence between a growing African American middle class and a persistent and sizable underclass.

Contributors consider specific issues in African American life, including the effects of the postindustrial economy and the influence of music, military service, sports, literature, culture, business, and the politics of self-designation, e.g., "Colored" vs. "Negro," "Black" vs. "African American." An invaluable resource, The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 is a multifaceted map of a crucial historical period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138109
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Series:
Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures Series
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Historical Narrative, by Robert L. Harris Jr. and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Interpreting African American History Since 1939
Foundations of the Movement, 1939-57
The Civil Rights Movement, 1955-65
Black Power / Black Consciousness, 1965-75
A Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty

Part II: Key Themes in African American History Since 1939
Naming Ourselves: The Politics and Meaning of Self-designation, by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Looking Backward: African Americans in the Postindustrial Era, by Robin D. G. Kelley African Americans in the Military, by Brenda L. Moore African Americans in Sports: The Other Champions, by Sundiata Djata African Americans in Literature and the Arts, by Kevin Gaines and Penny M. Von Eschen Black Music and Black Possibility: From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop, by Craig Werner Black Business Development, by Juliet Walker

Part III: Chronology, 1939-2005
Robert L. Harris Jr.

Part IV: A-Z Entries
Robert L. Harris Jr. with the assistance of Michelle R. Scott

Part V: Resource Guide
Debra Newman Ham

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