Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941 / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 07/27/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 32%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $17.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 61%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (4) from $17.99   
  • Used (4) from $17.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

2008 Paperback Good Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access ... codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Wauwatosa, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: Good
2008 Paperback Good Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not ... include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Madison, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:


Condition: Very Good
Ships same day or next business day via UPS (Priority Mail for AK/HI/APO/PO Boxes)! Used sticker and some writing and/or highlighting. Used books may not include working access ... code or dust jacket. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Columbia, MO

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: Good
Buy with Confidence. Excellent Customer Support. We ship from multiple US locations. No CD, DVD or Access Code Included.

Ships from: Fort Mill, SC

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Running for Freedom, 3rd edition charts the monumental struggle for African-American civil rights and the impact of that movement in transforming the American political system in the South and nationwide from 1941 to 2008.

  • Explores the interplay between the local and the national dimensions of the civil rights story, between grassroots activists and federal officials, and between the North and South
  • New edition includes new material on the Clinton Administration, the controversial 2000 and 2004
    presidential elections, and the disaster that Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans
  • Right up-to-date, it also describes the rise to power of Barack Obama and the achievement of black political legitimacy
  • Ideal for students: short, teachable, and accessibly written; visually engaging with new photographs and maps
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[T]he most astute and comprehensive synthesis of Black politics and the long Civil Rights era. Running for Freedom provides brilliant analyses of the political struggles African Americans have waged in the last half of the 20th century and into the new millennium. I highly recommend this illuminating book.” — Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

“Lawson’s classic study of blacks and American politics receives a welcome and timely updated edition. Anyone wishing to understand the significance of Barack Obama’s run for president should start here.” — John A. Kirk, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Steven Lawson’s new edition of Running for Freedom clearly and convincingly connects the power of black activism in the recent past to America’s inclusive and exciting political present.” — Cynthia Griggs Fleming, University of Tennessee

“[H]istorical narrative at its best. This updated classic brings the struggle of African Americans to secure—and retain—the ballot into the new millennium. Lawson once again demonstrates why he is one of the best civil rights historians of his generation.” — Robert A. Pratt, University of Georgia, author of We Shall Not Be Moved: The Desegregation of the University of Georgia

Running for Freedom is a majestic recounting of modern America's greatest epic, the on-going struggle for civil rights, told by one of the movement's finest historians. A sweeping, enlightening, inspiring book.” — Kevin Boyle, Ohio State University, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age

“In the newest edition of his authoritative study of African American political life since the era of World War II, Steven Lawson connects all the dots between A. Philip Randolph and Barack Obama. Those eager to proclaim ‘the end of black politics’ would do well to acquaint themselves with the historical struggles so eloquently described in this impressive book.” — John Dittmer, DePauw University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405171267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven F. Lawson is professor of history at Rutgers University. His other books include Black Ballots (1976, 1998); In Pursuit of Power (1985); Debating the Civil Rights Movement (1997, 2006) with Charles Payne; and Civil Rights Crossroads (2004). He is coeditor of the series “Uncovering the Past” for Wiley-Blackwell (with Nancy A. Hewitt) and he was an academic advisor to the award-winning television documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize,” I and II.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


1. World War II and the Origins of the Freedom Struggle.

2. Ballots, Boycotts, and the Building of a National Agenda.

3. Surging Protest, Shifting Politics.

4. Reenfranchisement and Racial Consciousness.

5. The New Black Politicians: From Protest to Empowerment.

6. Progress and Poverty: Politics in a Conservative Era.

7. In Search of Legitimacy.

8. Hope and Despair: the 1990s.

9. Still Running for Freedom.

Bibliographical Essay.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)