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New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society
     

New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society

by Kent Germany
 

ISBN-10: 0820325430

ISBN-13: 9780820325439

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

In the 1960s and 1970s, New Orleans experienced one of the greatest transformations in its history. Its people replaced Jim Crow, fought a War on Poverty, and emerged with glittering skyscrapers, professional football, and a building so large it had to be called the Superdome. New Orleans after the Promises explores how, at a time when liberalism seemed to be on the

Overview

In the 1960s and 1970s, New Orleans experienced one of the greatest transformations in its history. Its people replaced Jim Crow, fought a War on Poverty, and emerged with glittering skyscrapers, professional football, and a building so large it had to be called the Superdome. New Orleans after the Promises explores how, at a time when liberalism seemed to be on the wane nationally, the city's black and white citizens cautiously partnered with each other and with the federal government to expand liberalism in the South. While many wonder now what kind of city will emerge after the devastation of Katrina, New Orleans after the Promises offers a detailed portrait of the complex city that developed after its last epic reconstruction.

About the Author:
Kent B. Germany, is assistant professor of history and African American studies at the University of South Carolina

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820325439
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.39(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Something New for the South?     1
A War on Poverty, Segregation, and Alienation, 1964-1974     19
A European-African-Caribbean-American-Southern City     21
Establishing the Early War on Poverty     38
Building Community Action     59
Challenging the Establishment and the Color Line     83
Making Better and Happier Citizens     104
Defusing the Southern Powder Keg     126
Making Workers and Jobs     151
Making Groceries     165
Making a Model New Orleans     180
Black Power and Dixie's Democratic Moment, 1968-1974     209
The Thugs United and the Politics of Manhood     211
Women, Welfare, and Political Mobilization     224
Acronyms, Liberalism, and Electoral Politics, 1969-1971     246
Panthers, Snipers, and the Limits of Liberalism     271
Conclusion: Prelude to Katrina     296
Appendixes     315
Notes     335
Bibliography     401
Index     431

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