The Civil Rights Movement

Overview

Mark Newman outlines the range of white responses to the Civil Rights Movement and analyses both northern and southern opinion. He examines the role of the federal government, the church and organized labor, as well as the impact of the Cold War. The book discusses local, regional, and national civil rights campaigns; the utility of nonviolent direct action; and the resurgence of Black Nationalism. And it explains the development, achievements and disintegration of the national civil rights coalition, the role of...

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Overview

Mark Newman outlines the range of white responses to the Civil Rights Movement and analyses both northern and southern opinion. He examines the role of the federal government, the church and organized labor, as well as the impact of the Cold War. The book discusses local, regional, and national civil rights campaigns; the utility of nonviolent direct action; and the resurgence of Black Nationalism. And it explains the development, achievements and disintegration of the national civil rights coalition, the role of Martin Luther King Jr. and the contribution of many otherwise ordinary men and women to the movement.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People receives particular attention, with contrasts drawn between the national office and state conferences and local branches. In detailing and assessing the African-American struggle between the 1930s and 1980s, Newman widens the movement's traditional chronology, offering readers a broad-ranging history.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Newman has written an excellent introduction to the Civil Rights Movement... Highly Recommended.
Journal of Southern History
An excellent general introduction to the civil rights movement.

— Simon Wendt

Journal of Southern History - Simon Wendt
An excellent general introduction to the civil rights movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275985295
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Newman is a Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the award-winning Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995 (2001) and Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights in Mississippi (2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Prerequisites for change 1
2 The emergence of the movement, 1941-59 33
3 The end of Jim Crow in the South, 1960-5 69
4 The disintegration of the National Civil Rights Coalition, 1964-8 101
5 Civil rights in a conservative era 134
6 Conclusion 162
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