Long Is the Way and Hard: One Hundred Years of the NAACP

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Celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary in February 2009, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been the leading and best-known African American civil rights organization in the United States. It has played a major, and at times decisive, role in most of the important developments in the twentieth-century civil rights struggle. Drawing on original and previously unpublished scholarship from leading researchers in the United States, Britain, and Europe, this important collection of ...

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Overview

Celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary in February 2009, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been the leading and best-known African American civil rights organization in the United States. It has played a major, and at times decisive, role in most of the important developments in the twentieth-century civil rights struggle. Drawing on original and previously unpublished scholarship from leading researchers in the United States, Britain, and Europe, this important collection of sixteen original essays offers new and invaluable insights into the work and achievements of the association.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Taken as a whole, this volume contributes significantly to our understanding of the NAACP's history. It will surely serve as a springboard for numerous additions to the literature on the United States' oldest and most influential civil rights organization."

—Journal of Southern History, November 2011

"Historians will welcome Long is the Way and Hard as a highly valuable contribution to the growing literature on America's oldest civil rights organization."

—Journal of American History

"The essays in Long is the Way and Hard represent some of the best of the emerging scholarship on the NAACP. Indeed, [it] is an important addition to the scholarship on the NAACP and should be of interest to historians and scholars of African American politics for years to come."

—Thomas L. Bynum, The Journal of African American History, Summer 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557289094
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevern Verney is associate head of the Department of English and History at Edge Hill University, England, and the author of The Debate on Black Civil Rights in America.

Lee Sartain is senior lecturer in American studies at the University of Portsmouth, England, and the author of Invisible Activists.

Adam Fairclough is the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor of American History at Leiden University and the author of many books, including To Redeem the Soul of America and Better Day Coming.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Adam Fairclough vii

The NAACP in Historiographical Perspective Kevern Verney Lee Sartain xv

Part 1 The NAACP at the National Level

1 "All Shadows Are Dark": Walter White, Racial Identity, and National Politics Simon Topping 3

2 In Harlem and Hollywood: The NAACP's Cultural Campaigns, 1910-1950 Jenny Woodley 15

3 "A Gigantic Battle to Win Men's Minds": The NAACP's Public Relations Department and Post-Brown Propaganda George Lewis 29

4 Leading from the Back: Roy Wilkins's Leadership of the NAACP Yvonne Ryan 43

5 Uneasy Alliance: The NAACP and Martin Luther King Peter J. Ling 59

6 The NAACP and the Challenges of 1960s Radicalism Simon Hall 75

Part 2 The NAACP at the State, City, and Local Levels

7 The Falls Church Colored Citizens Protective League and the Establishment of Virginia's First Rural Branch of the NAACP Beverly Bunch-Lyons Nakeina Douglas 89

8 "To Hope Till Hope Creates": The NAACP in Alabama, 1913-1945 Kevern Verney 105

9 "It's Worth One Dollar to Get Rid of Us": Middle-Class Persistence and the NAACP in Louisiana, 1915-1945 Lee Sartain 121

10 "In No Event Shall a Negro Be Eligible": The NAACP Takes on the Texas All-White Primary, 1923-1944 Charles L. Zelden 135

11 Tensions in the Relationship between Local and National NAACP Branches: The Example of Detroit, 1919-1941 Patrick Flack 155

12 The Chicago NAACP: A Century of Challenge, Triumph, and Inertia Christopher Robert Reed 169

13 The NAACP in California, 1914-1950 Jonathan Watson 185

14 "Your Work Is the Most Important, but without Branches There Can Be No National Work": Cleveland's Branch of the NAACP, 1929-1968 Andrew M. Fearnley201

15 "They Say... New York Is Not Worth a D-to Them": The NAACP in Arkansas, 1918-1971 John A. Kirk 219

A Chronology of the NAACP 235

Notes 247

Contributors 299

Index 303

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