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Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America / Edition 1

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Overview

Newark's volatile past is infamous. The city has become synonymous with the Black Power movement and urban crisis. Its history reveals a vibrant and contentious political culture punctuated by traditional civic pride and an understudied tradition of protest in the black community. Newark charts this important city's place in the nation, from its founding in 1666 by a dissident Puritan as a refuge from intolerance, through the days of Jim Crow and World War II civil rights activism, to the height of postwar integration and the election of its first black mayor.
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“Meticulously researched and engagingly written, Newark tells an important story. Portraying a city that functions as an archetype for Black Power in urban politics, Mumford writes with great sympathy for an earlier liberal integrationist tradition, periodizing and explaining its rise and fall carefully, eloquently, and persuasively.”

-David Roediger,author of Working toward Whiteness

&8220;Mumford explores the devastating effect of the riots and how the city police, state police, and National Guard escalated the violence. He raises the controversial possibility that female looters stripping store mannequins may have been making a social statement about economic inequality. He also discusses such divisive personalities as Anthony Imperiale of the Citizens Council, with his anti-black sentiments, and the poet Amiri Baraka, who melded black nationalism with anti-white and, occasionally, anti- Semitic rhetoric.”
-New Jersey Star Ledger

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“From the city’s early days, where African-Americans fought for recognition and dignity, to their ascension to elected office in the midst of the Black Power movement, and then through countless though crucial fragments as new power brokers emerged amid old differences in vision, tactics and goals, Newark is spellbinding, and worth your attention.Newark-Altreads.com

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“Kevin Mumford’s history of race relations in Newark is full of arresting insight, fascinating detail, and memorable writing. With interdisciplinary creativity, he offers an important contribution to the understanding of modern America.”
-Randall Kennedy,Harvard University

“Excellent, lively, and learned. . . . An engaging and unsettling study of the city.”
-The Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757178
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: American History and Culture Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Mumford is Associate Professor of History and African American studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii List of Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 I Integration
1 The Central Ward and the Rites of the Public Sphere 13
2 Double V in New Jersey 32
3 The Construction of Integration 50
4 The Limits of Interracial Activism 76
5 Brutal Realities and the Roots of the Disorders 98 II Uprising
6 Testimonies to Violation and Violence 125
7 The Reconstruction of Black Womanhood 149
8 Baraka v. Imperiale: The Excesses of Racial Nationalism 170
9 Black Power in Newark 191 Epilogue 214 Notes 225 Index 287 About the Author 308
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