This book is a multifaceted approach to understanding the central developments in African American history since 1939. It combines a historical overview of key personalities and movements with essays by leading scholars on specific facets of the African American experience, a chronology of events, and a guide to further study.
Marian Anderson's famous 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, the editors chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods; consider how changes in immigration patterns have complicated the conventional "black/white" dichotomy in U.S. society; discuss the often uneasy coexistence between a growing African American middle class and a persistent and sizable underclass; and address the complexity of the contemporary African American experience. Contributors consider specific issues in African American life, including the effects of the postindustrial economy and the influence of music, military service, sports, literature, culture, business, and the politics of self-designation, e.g.,"Colored" vs. "Negro," "Black" vs. "African American".
While emphasizing political and social developments, this volume also illuminates important economic, military, and cultural themes. An invaluable resource, The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 provides a thorough understanding of a crucial historical period.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Series:||Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
Part I: Historical Narrative, by Robert L. Harris Jr. and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Interpreting African American History Since 1939
Foundations of the Movement, 1939-57
The Civil Rights Movement, 1955-65
Black Power / Black Consciousness, 1965-75
A Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty
Part II: Key Themes in African American History Since 1939
Naming Ourselves: The Politics and Meaning of Self-designation, by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Looking Backward: African Americans in the Postindustrial Era, by Robin D. G. Kelley
African Americans in the Military, by Brenda L. Moore
African Americans in Sports: The Other Champions, by Sundiata Djata
African Americans in Literature and the Arts, by Kevin Gaines and Penny M. Von Eschen
Black Music and Black Possibility: From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop, by Craig Werner
Black Business Development, by Juliet Walker
Part III: Chronology, 1939-2005, by Robert L. Harris Jr.
Part IV: A-Z Entries, by Robert L. Harris Jr. with the assistance of Michelle R. Scott
Part V: Resource Guide, by Debra Newman Ham