Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle Against Racism in America, 1909-1969 / Edition 1

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"In 1909, "The Call" went out against Jim Crow racism, and American race relations began to change. The violent discrimination that continued in the South spurred a group of concerned white liberals to form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an organization that grew to become one of the most powerful social forces in American history. Gilbert Jonas, who worked with the NAACP for more than 50 years, draws upon firsthand experience and extraordinary access to reveal how the organization contributed to the eradication of lynching in the South, the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the passage of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. Jonas documents the NAACP's role in landmark events in American history, including the famed 1939 concert by Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial and the historic 1963 march on Washington, led by A. Philip Randolph." Freedom's Sword also examines the accomplishments of the NAACP's legendary leadership, which included Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, James Weldon Johnson, and Roy Wilkins.
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Editorial Reviews

Samuel G. Freedman
Jonas has undertaken a worthy cause in writing an institutional history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He maintains that the N.A.A.C.P. has been stinted in historical literature that centers on King and groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He has a point … the best pages of the book, depicting the punctilious and principled Roy Wilkins, rely greatly on firsthand observation.
— The New York Times
From the Publisher
‘For many Barrack Obama represents the fulfilment of the ideal we call the American Dream and indeed the embodiment of the work of the NAACP … This first hand insider view gives a comprehensive account of the personalities and politics of the movement and the relationship between organisation and the leadership … Freedom’s Sword is an important book and deserves a place in our libraries both for its detail on the NAACP and for our understanding of the civil rights movement.’SATH History Teaching Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415949859
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Jonas is a civil rights activist and journalist who has worked with the NAACP for over fifty years.

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Table of Contents

1 Creating a change agent : the NAACP's early years 7
2 The law as a weapon against unjust laws 31
3 Southern retaliation against Negro determination 67
4 Leading the African-American quest for political power 109
5 Comes the revolution : the struggle between the NAACP and the Communist Party USA 135
6 World War II and its consequences for race 151
7 The politics of political advancement 169
8 Revolution at the ballot box 203
9 Black workers, white unions, and the struggle for job equality 231
10 Head to head with the Garment Workers Union 265
11 The end of pretense : organized labor refuses to desegregate 281
12 Roy Wilkins : the gentle giant 303
13 The NAACP develops financial muscle 357
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