Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia / Edition 1

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Overview

Up South traces the efforts of two generations of black Philadelphians to turn the City of Brotherly Love into a place of promise and opportunity for all. Although Philadelphia rarely appears in histories of the modern civil rights struggle, the city was home to a vibrant and groundbreaking movement for racial justice in the years between World War II and the 1970s. By broadening the chronological and geographic parameters of the civil rights movement, Up South explores the origins of civil rights liberalism, the failure of the liberal program of antidiscrimination legislation and interracial coalition-building to deliver on its promise of racial equality, and the subsequent rise of the Black Power movement. Challenging the view that it was the inflammatory rhetoric of Black Power and the rising demands of black activists that derailed the civil rights movement, Up South documents the efforts of Black Power activists in Philadelphia to construct a vital and effective social movement that combined black nationalism's analysis of racism's constitutive role in American society with a program of grassroots community organizing and empowerment.

About the Author:
Matthew J. Countryman is Associate Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan

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Editorial Reviews

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"Up South deftly integrates civil rights, black power, and urban history to craft a powerful portrait of black activism in postwar Philadelphia. This brilliant, innovative, and richly researched study deserves the widest possible readership."—Peniel E. Joseph, Journal of American History

"Matthew Countryman has presented us with a real treasure house in his history of Civil Rights and Black Power in the urban North."—Komozi Woodard, author of A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics

"Up South is deeply researched, original, and important. It will be impossible to write about Northern Civil Rights and Black Power without grappling with Countryman's powerful book."—Thomas Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

"A marvelous book . . . of enormous accomplishment. It challenges historians to rethink the periodization of the civil rights movement and . . . forces us out of the southern success/northern decline framework for understanding movement politics."—Robert O. Self, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"Well argued, extremely well documented, and persuasive. . . . An excellent contribution to the study of how local black leaders reshaped civil rights in the postwar urban North."—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812238945
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Countryman is Associate Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Liberalism, Civil Rights, and Black Nationalism in the Urban North     1
Race, Rights, and Postwar Liberalism
Civil Rights Liberalism in Philadelphia     13
The Other Philadelphia Story     48
A Northern Protest Movement
Don't Buy Where You Can't Work     83
A False Democracy     120
Black Power and the Organizing Tradition     180
Black Power in the Postindustrial City
Community Control of the Schools     223
The Gender Politics of Movement Leadership     258
From Protest to Politics     295
Conclusion     328
Notes     331
Index     405
Acknowledgments     415
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