Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Present

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This is the first reference book presenting an overview of the century-long fight for true racial equality in America. This remarkable encyclopedia covers a wide array of events, legislation, court decisions, cultural achievements, speeches, organizations, and personalities that have contributed to the cause of African-American civil rights--from the Albany, Georgia "sit-in" of 1961 to the racially motivated killing of Samuel Younge in 1966; from the unjustifiable "Jim Crow" laws of the 1870s to President Bush's ...
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Overview

This is the first reference book presenting an overview of the century-long fight for true racial equality in America. This remarkable encyclopedia covers a wide array of events, legislation, court decisions, cultural achievements, speeches, organizations, and personalities that have contributed to the cause of African-American civil rights--from the Albany, Georgia "sit-in" of 1961 to the racially motivated killing of Samuel Younge in 1966; from the unjustifiable "Jim Crow" laws of the 1870s to President Bush's veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1990; from the first black illustrated newspaper, the Indianapolis Freeman, to the literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Outlined are the non-violent protests led by Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the radical confrontationalism of Malcolm X. The peaceful 1964 March on Washington contrasts sharply with the Detroit race riots of 1967--but all the events covered in this volume are objectively and comprehensively summarized. The constant struggles against racism, segregation, and lack of opportunity are chronicled in more than 800 useful and readable entries. Written by over 100 authors, the entries also provide ready access to relevant literature in the field. The encyclopedia also contains a chronology, a general bibliography, and a subject index. It includes almost 100 illustrations.
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Library Journal
This monumental compilation of information covering the general area of civil rights since the Emancipation Proclamation contains over 800 entries written by 157 experts in African American history. The editors have wisely chosen to include both the well-known and the less-recognized ``grass-roots'' participants. In addition to people, also included are important laws, books, newspapers, journals, events, and landmark court cases. All entries provide bibliographies and are cross-referenced. As with any work of this nature, there are some curious omissions. John Marshall Harlan is in but Earl Warren is not; Atlanta University appears but Spelman and Morehouse do not. Moreover, some lack of balance is evident. Hampton Institute and Operation PUSH receive fewer than 13 lines each, while obscure sociologist George Haynes warrants 30. Finally, most of the entries are hymns of praise to African American heroes. There is little criticism, even of such controversial figures as Father Divine and Adam Clayton Powell. These quibbles aside, the Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights is a fine work, unique in its focus and comprehensive in its coverage. It will become a standard reference work and should be available in most large public, university, and college libraries.-- Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Presents an overview of the struggle for Black civil rights in some 800 short articles on a wide variety of individuals, organizations, events, and court cases, focusing on the period since emancipation. The alphabetical arrangement of articles, of course, fragments the material, but fortunately each article includes bibliographical references that provide entry into the more contextual narrative literature. Includes photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313250118
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1992
  • Pages: 688
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by David J. Garrow
Introduction
The Encyclopedia
Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index
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