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

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

by Kevin Mumford
 

ISBN-10: 0814757170

ISBN-13: 9780814757178

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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.

In this broad and balanced history of Newark, Kevin Mumford applies the concept of the public sphere to the problem of race relations, demonstrating how political ideas and print culture were instrumental in shaping African American consciousness. He draws on both public and personal archives, interpreting official documents - such as newspapers, commission testimony, and government records—alongside interviews, political flyers, meeting minutes, and rare photos.

From the migration out of the South to the rise of public housing and ethnic conflict, Newark explains the impact of African Americans on the reconstruction of American cities in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757178
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
American History and Culture Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Integration

The Central Ward and the Rites of the Public Sphere

Double V in New Jersey

The Construction of Integration

The Limits of Interracial Activism

Brutal Realities and the Roots of the Disorders

Uprising

Testimonies to Violation and Violence

The Reconstruction of Black Womanhood

Baraka v. Imperiale: The Excesses of Racial Nationalism

Black Power in Newark

Epilogue

Notes

Index

About the Author

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