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The Struggle for Freedom, a narrative of the black experience in America, uses a distinctive biographical approach to guide the story and animate the history.
In each chapter, individual African Americans are the pivot points on which historical changes of the era turn. Life stories capture the rush of events that envelop individuals and illuminate the momentous decisions that, collectively, frame the American past and present.
Inasmuch as that history is grounded in struggle—in the consistent and insistent call to the United States to deliver on the constitutional promises made to all its citizens—this book is also an American history text, weaving into the narrative the milestones of mainstream American history, economy, politics, arts and letters.
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Chapter 11 Post Civil War Reconstruction: A New National Era
Chapter 12 The Post-Reconstruction South
Chapter 13 “Colored” Becomes “Negro” in the Progressive Era
Chapter 14 The Making of a “New Negro”: World War I to the Great Depression
Chapter 15 The New Politics of the Great Depression
Chapter 16 Fighting Fascism Abroad and Racism at Home
Chapter 17 Emergence of a Mass Movement Against Jim Crow
Chapter 18 Marching Toward Freedom, 1960—1966
Chapter 19 Resistance, Repression, and Retrenchment, 1967—1978
Chapter 20 The Search for New Directions During a Conservative Era, 1979—1991
Chapter 21 Continuing Struggles Over Identity and Destiny, 1992—Present