I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement / Edition 1

by Steve Estes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807829293

ISBN-13: 9780807829295

Pub. Date: 03/14/2005

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The civil rights movement was first and foremost a struggle for racial equality, but questions of gender lay deeply embedded within this struggle. Steve Estes explores key groups, leaders, and events in the movement to understand how activists used race and manhood to articulate their visions of what American society should be.

Estes demonstrates that, at crucial

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The civil rights movement was first and foremost a struggle for racial equality, but questions of gender lay deeply embedded within this struggle. Steve Estes explores key groups, leaders, and events in the movement to understand how activists used race and manhood to articulate their visions of what American society should be.

Estes demonstrates that, at crucial turning points in the movement, both segregationists and civil rights activists harnessed masculinist rhetoric, tapping into implicit assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality. Estes begins with an analysis of the role of black men in World War II and then examines the segregationists, who demonized black male sexuality and galvanized white men behind the ideal of southern honor. He then explores the militant new models of manhood espoused by civil rights activists such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., and groups such as the Nation of Islam, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Black Panther Party.

Reliance on masculinist organizing strategies had both positive and negative consequences, Estes concludes. Tracing these strategies from the integration of the U.S. military in the 1940s through the Million Man March in the 1990s, he shows that masculinism rallied men to action but left unchallenged many of the patriarchal assumptions that underlay American society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807829295
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/14/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : am I not a man and a brother?1
Ch. 1Man the guns11
Ch. 2A question of honor39
Ch. 3Freedom summer and the Mississippi movement61
Ch. 4God's angry men87
Ch. 5The Moynihan report107
Ch. 6I am a man! : the Memphis sanitation strike131
Ch. 7"The baddest motherfuckers ever to set foot inside of history"153
Conclusion : "the heartz of men"179

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