This new eclectic guide proves valuable as a one-stop work for quick reference as well as basic historical research.
The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939by Robert L Harris
Marian Anderson's famous 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… See more details below
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Marian Anderson's famous 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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This volume is compelling testimony to the remarkable growth of African American studies since World War II. It examines the major developments in African American life and culture during a period in which black men and women confronted and forced American society to reconsider its racial values and practices. In identifying the principal resources and historical themes, the guide is sensitive to the diversity of black expression and black consciousness, to the various ways in which black men and women communicated their feelings, not only through written documents but by drawing on the rich oral expressive tradition that helped to define African Americans, how they perceived themselves, their position in American society, and their relations with the dominant white population.
The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 offers a valuable narrative and reference tool for readers seeking to deepen their understanding of black American history. Its wealth of thoughtful information includes treatments of important themes by leading experts, biographical sketches, chronologies, and biographies. Truly an amazing resource.
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