Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

by Thomas J. Sugrue
     
 

Sweet Land of Liberty is Thomas J. Sugrue’s epic account of the abiding quest for racial equality in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South. Sugrue’s panoramic view sweeps from the 1920s to the present–more than eighty of the most decisive years in

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Sweet Land of Liberty is Thomas J. Sugrue’s epic account of the abiding quest for racial equality in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South. Sugrue’s panoramic view sweeps from the 1920s to the present–more than eighty of the most decisive years in American history. He uncovers the forgotten stories of battles to open up lunch counters, beaches, and movie theaters in the North; the untold history of struggles against Jim Crow schools in northern towns; the dramatic story of racial conflict in northern cities and suburbs; and the long and tangled histories of integration and black power. Filled with unforgettable characters and riveting incidents, and making use of information and accounts both public and private, such as the writings of obscure African American journalists and the records of civil rights and black power groups, Sweet Land of Liberty creates an indelible history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812970388
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
896,990
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents


I Unite and Fight
1 "Sweet Land of Liberty" 3
2 "Pressure, More Pressure and Still More Pressure" 32
3 "1776 for the Negro" 59 II Hearts and Minds
4 "Balance of Power" 87
5 "No Place for Colored" 130
6 "God Have Pity on Such a City" 163
7 "No Right More Elemental" 200 III Freedom Now
8 "New Frontier" 253
9 "Fires of Frustration and Discord" 286
10 "Long Hot Summers" 313
11 "Unconditional War" 356
12 "The Black Man's Land" 400
13 "It's Not the Bus, It's Us" 449
14 "Fighting for Our Lives" 493 Epilogue 583 Acknowledgments 545 Notes 547 Index 665

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