Toward Freedom Land: The Long Struggle for Racial Equality in America

Overview

The son of Jewish immigrants, Harvard Sitkoff has experienced first hand discrimination and prejudice. While studying at Queen's College he participated in numerous protests against social injustice, particularly racial inequality. Since then, Sitkoff has established himself as one of the nation's most respected historians of race relations by illuminating the complicated dynamics of the African American struggle for equality.

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Overview

The son of Jewish immigrants, Harvard Sitkoff has experienced first hand discrimination and prejudice. While studying at Queen's College he participated in numerous protests against social injustice, particularly racial inequality. Since then, Sitkoff has established himself as one of the nation's most respected historians of race relations by illuminating the complicated dynamics of the African American struggle for equality.

Toward Freedom Land: The Long Struggle for Racial Equality in America offers an authoritative collection of Sitkoff's seminal works from his 40 years of research. This volume details the origins and evolution of the civil rights movement, particularly the effects of the Great Depression on African Americans, the relationship between African American workers and the labor movement, and the influence of World War II on racial equality. Toward Freedom Land also provides insight into pivotal moments in American history, such as the New Deal's impact on race relations and subsequent events, including the Detroit Riot of 1943.

Sitkoff's writing focuses primarily on individuals at the local level, emphasizing the different social, political, and economic factors that influenced the progression of the movement and revealing Sitkoff's own shifting views and approaches to history.

Toward Freedom Land allows readers to witness both the development of the African American role in society as well as Sitkoff's evolving methods of research and documentation. Sitkoff's works continue to be pivotal to scholarship concerning racial equality in the United States, providing captivating insight into the most significant social changes in US history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Over the past five decades, Harvard Sitkoff has established himself as one of the foremost voices on the black freedom struggle in the United States. Toward Freedom Land... continues that trend."--Florida Historical Quarterly" --

"Sitkoff's work is a reminder of the hope and limitations of the black freedom struggle of the twentieth century."--H-Net Reviews" --

"This collection provides new ways to study the role of gender in the post-Civil War South."--Southern Historian" --

"Toward Freedom Land continues Sitkoff's career-long quest to uproot some of the most presistent assumptions about the civil rights movement. At the same time, while he may 'aim to rile' as much as ever, the body of scholarship represented in these essays will also ground young scholars as they grapple with the movement's legacies and their own place within a continually contraversial civil rights literature." -- The Journal of Southern Religion" --

"In Toward Freedom Land, prominent historian harvard Sitkoff uses his own essays over the last decades of the 20th century to trace the Black Americans' struggle for equality. Not only odes the author reexamine his writings, he also reflects on the usage of criticism of his scholarship... While this collection is meaningful to those who have previously read sitkoff's commentaries, it also provides an interesting retrospective on a turbulent century." -- Catholic Library World" --

"Toward Freedom Land is an excellent book that would complement the studies of any scholar of African American or racial history."--North Carolina Historical Review" --

"Harvard Sitkoff was writing about the 'long civil rights movement' before it was cool to do so...This collection is a worthy testament to a long career of arguing and riling."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" --

"This collection makes a number of Sitkoff's important essays available in one place and provides useful insight into an influential historian's thinking on an important subject."--The Journal of Southern History" --

"Each essay is a delight to read, with the lucid prose, careful research, and insightful analysis that make Sitkoff the excellent historian he is."--The Historian" --

"Toward Freedom Land is a worthy contribution to the literature on the long struggle for racial justice. -- Journal of African American History" -- Anne Marie Mingo, Journal of African American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813125831
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvard Sitkoff, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop. He lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

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