If We Could Change the World: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality

If We Could Change the World: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality

by Rebecca de Schweinitz
     
 

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If We Could Change the World: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality

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A richly textured, finely woven, and ambitious study.—Journal of American History

A well-researched seminal work, the author documents not only the use of children's images and issues by African American organizations such as the NAACP, but also the extensive role children and youth played in the movement itself. . . . Highly recommended.—Choice

De Schweinitz has an important story to tell and she tells it well. The civil rights movement did indeed change the world. And as this fine book reveals, young people were at the center of that long process of change.—American Historical Review

[An] innovative study.—Arkansas Historical Quarterly

De Schweinitz does a fine job of taking depictions of children and childhood seriously, without sentimentality or cynicism. . . . De Schweinitz has done a commendable job of bringing scholarly attention to a long-neglected subject.—North Carolina Historical Review

Rebecca de Schweinitz adds to our understanding of the movement with her nuanced, sophisticated, and insightful look at the role children played in this revolution. . . . Few studies of the civil rights movement present the movement in such a dynamic and dialectical manner.—Arkansas Review

Clearly written and exhaustively researched, Schweinitz's book is a timely complement to revisionist studies of the civil rights era. . . . Future work in several branches of literary, cultural, and historical studies will be enhanced by Schweinitz's fresh consideration of the decisive role of young people in the black freedom struggle." —African American Review

Draws effectively on an array of oral testimonies by people who, as children, joined the civil rights movement. . . . De Schweinitz is a mature, graceful writer, and her book deserves to be widely read and appreciated for the important achievement it is.—Journal of Southern History

A powerful reminder that each generation's struggles are not just about themselves, but about the young to follow.—The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture

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ISBN-13:
9780807872154
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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De Schweinitz has written a remarkable book that combines a history of African American youth with the 'long history' of the civil rights movement to give us a study that, for the first time, truly contextualizes the role of African American young people in the momentous events of the 1950s and 1960s. This is an essential read for those interested in African American history and the history of social movements in the twentieth century.—Kenneth W. Goings, Ohio State University

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