Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 / Edition 2

Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 / Edition 2

by Adam Fairclough
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820331147

ISBN-13: 9780820331140

Pub. Date: 04/15/2008

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Hailed as one of the best treatments of the civil rights movement, Race and Democracy is also one of the most comprehensive and detailed studies of the movement at the state level. This far-reaching and dramatic narrative ranges in time from the founding of the New Orleans branch of the NAACP in 1915 to the beginning of Edwin Edwards’s first term as

Overview

Hailed as one of the best treatments of the civil rights movement, Race and Democracy is also one of the most comprehensive and detailed studies of the movement at the state level. This far-reaching and dramatic narrative ranges in time from the founding of the New Orleans branch of the NAACP in 1915 to the beginning of Edwin Edwards’s first term as governor in 1972. In his new preface Adam Fairclough brings the narrative up to date, demonstrating the persistence of racial inequalities and the continuing importance of race as a factor in politics. When Hurricane Katrina exposed the race issue in a new context, Fairclough argues, political leaders mishandled the disaster. A deep-seated culture of corruption, he concludes, compromises the ability of public officials to tackle intransigent problems of urban poverty and inadequate schools.

Fairclough takes readers to the grass roots of the movement as it was defiantly advanced and resisted in scores of places like New Orleans shipyards, the voter registrar’s office in Opelousas, and the Little Union Baptist Church in Shreveport. He traces the social networks that sustained black activism, such as Masonic lodges and teachers’ associations, and he also analyzes white responses to the movement as expressed through political factions, trade unions, business lobbies, the Catholic Church, White Citizens Councils, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820331140
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
765,636
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition     xi
Preface to the First Edition     xxxiii
Acknowledgments     xlv
Abbreviations     xlix
Creole Louisiana     1
Race and Power in the Long Era     21
The Labor Movement, the Left, and the Transformation of the NAACP     46
Tremors of War     74
Brutality and Ballots, 1946-1956     106
Race and Red-Baiting     135
The Impact of Brown     164
Counterattack     196
The New Orleans Schools Crisis     234
Nonviolent Direct Action, 1960-1962     265
The Movement, 1963-1964     297
North to Bogalusa     344
Making Rights Real     381
The Promise and the Reality of School Integration     429
Struggle without End     463
Notes     479
Bibliography     557
Index     585

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