Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941 / Edition 2

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This text covers the history of the civil rights movement beginning in the crucial years of WWII. The author focuses on the development of black electoral politics from southern disfranchisement to the election of big city mayors. He ties together the broader effort to achieve the legal right to equality with his specific aims of achieving actual political equality. He has successfully linked the national struggle for civil and political rights with grassroots efforts where much of the inspiration and resources for the movement were derived. It provides an opportunity to explain the powerful institutions of government - presidents,Congress,the Supreme Court,and the actions of ordinary citizens in the local communities.
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"This book travels an amazing journey from the days of Jim Crow racism through the unfinished age of Obama, and provides the best synthesis history of the civil rights movement.”- Brian Purnell, Bowdoin College

"In this engaging and inspiring narrative, Steven F. Lawson shows us how African Americans’ long struggle for freedom, equality, and human dignity forever altered the arc of human history. Lawson reminds us that freedom is a constant struggle; democracy and justice are hard work; and race and racial politics remain touchstones of the 21st century." -Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070368019
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven F. Lawson is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. He has served as an adviser to the television documentary series Eyes on the Prize and has participated as an historical consultant on voting rights cases. His publications include Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944–1969 (1976), In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982 (1985), Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle (2003), and To Secure These Rights: The Report of President Harry S Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights (2004).

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Table of Contents

1 World War II and the Origins of the Freedom Struggle 1
2 Ballots, Boycotts, and the Building of a National Agenda 29
3 Surging Protest, Shifting Politics 63
4 Reenfranchisement and Racial Consciousness 101
5 The New Black Politicians: From Protest to Empowerment 145
6 Progress and Poverty: Politics in a Conservative Era 181
7 In Search of Legitimacy 218
8 Still Running for Freedom 261
Bibliographical Essay 289
Index 316
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