The Journey to the Promised Land: The African American Struggle for Development since the Civil War [NOOK Book]

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The African American struggle for advancement since the late 19th century has had an enormous impact on American society in general. This examination of African American development looks at group progress in four critical areas of national life: economic, political, educational, and social. Determined to forge a new identity based upon principles of equality, African American leadership and the liberal whites who supported them have achieved many goals in their attempts to forge a new role for African Americans ...

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The Journey to the Promised Land: The African American Struggle for Development since the Civil War

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Overview

The African American struggle for advancement since the late 19th century has had an enormous impact on American society in general. This examination of African American development looks at group progress in four critical areas of national life: economic, political, educational, and social. Determined to forge a new identity based upon principles of equality, African American leadership and the liberal whites who supported them have achieved many goals in their attempts to forge a new role for African Americans in the political development of the nation. Mungazi includes discussion of important watershed events and key individuals who helped to redefine our nation's history.

A determined leadership contributed greatly to many victories. Such leaders sought assistance from the United States Supreme Court as one means to improve the plight of African Americans. Mungazi considers the Court's rulings on the question of race and the impact that these decisions have had on subsequent political and economic advancement. While African American advocates risked, in some cases, their very lives for their efforts, their commitment to the cause left them unwilling to compromise their basic operational principles and beliefs. Lingering racial prejudice and recent attacks on affirmative action have damaged interracial cooperation in many areas of the country; however, the struggle to reach the Promised Land continues.

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Examines key dimensions in the African American struggle for development during the period from the Civil War to the present, considering social, economic, political, and educational barriers experienced by African Americans in their quest for equality. Focuses on specific areas such as the effect of Reconstruction, the role of the courts, legislation, key leaders and organizations, and the response of white America to the struggle of African Americans. Includes b&w photos of leaders. Mungazi teaches education and history at Northern Arizona University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313002656
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 790 KB

Meet the Author

DICKSON A. MUNGAZI is Regent's Professor of Education and History at Northern Arizona University.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Foreword xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xix
Introduction xxi
1 Preparing for the Journey: The Search for a New Identity 1
2 The Courts and the Search for a Passage 25
3 The Search for a Moses: The Effect of Leadership 51
4 Obstacles to the Journey: Conflict in the Strategy 81
5 Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sighting the Promised Land 105
6 Civil Rights Legislation: Vehicle to the Promised Land 127
7 African and African American Struggles in Comparative Perspective 147
8 The Journey to the Promised Land: Summary, Conclusions, and Implications 169
Selected Bibliography 195
Index 203
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