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Climbin' Jacob's ladder : the Black freedom movement writings of Jack O'Dell / edited and introduced by Nikhil Pal Singh.

By: O'Dell, Jack (Jack H.).
Contributor(s): Singh, Nikhil Pal.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Berkeley [Calif.] : University of California Press, c2010Description: 1 online resource (viii, 319 p.).ISBN: 9780520945067 (electronic bk.); 0520945069 (electronic bk.).Other title: Climbing Jacob's ladder.Subject(s): African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights movements -- United States -- History | African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980Additional physical formats: Print version:: Climbin' Jacob's ladder.DDC classification: 323.1196/073 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
pt. 1, Tracing the Freedomway. Report on voter registration work, Southern Christian Leadership Conference ; Foundations of racism in American life ; Editorial, Freedomways special issue on Mississippi ; The threshold of a new reconstruction ; A colonized people ; The July rebellions and the "military state" ; Climbin' Jacob's ladder : the life and times of the freedom movement ; Charleston's legacy to the poor people's campaign ; Report of the acting executive director, Southern Christian Leadership Conference ; A rock in a weary lan' : Paul Robeson's leadership and "the movement" in the decade before Montgomery ; An assessment : push's first five years and its next five ; On the transition from civil rights to civil equality ; The rainbow coalition : organizational principles -- pt. 2, Contemporary reflections ; Democracy charter ; Reclaiming the second reconstruction: democracy, class, and the social transformation of the United States.
Summary: This book collects for the first time the black freedom movement writings of Jack O'Dell and restores one of the great unsung heroes of the civil rights movement to his rightful place in the historical record. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder puts O'Dell's historically significant essays in context and reveals how he helped shape the civil rights movement. From his early years in the 1940s National Maritime Union, to his pioneering work in the early 1960s with Martin Luther King Jr., to his international efforts for the Rainbow Coalition during the 1980s, O'Dell was instrumental in the development of t.
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"The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Prelim. p.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

pt. 1, Tracing the Freedomway. Report on voter registration work, Southern Christian Leadership Conference ; Foundations of racism in American life ; Editorial, Freedomways special issue on Mississippi ; The threshold of a new reconstruction ; A colonized people ; The July rebellions and the "military state" ; Climbin' Jacob's ladder : the life and times of the freedom movement ; Charleston's legacy to the poor people's campaign ; Report of the acting executive director, Southern Christian Leadership Conference ; A rock in a weary lan' : Paul Robeson's leadership and "the movement" in the decade before Montgomery ; An assessment : push's first five years and its next five ; On the transition from civil rights to civil equality ; The rainbow coalition : organizational principles -- pt. 2, Contemporary reflections ; Democracy charter ; Reclaiming the second reconstruction: democracy, class, and the social transformation of the United States.

This book collects for the first time the black freedom movement writings of Jack O'Dell and restores one of the great unsung heroes of the civil rights movement to his rightful place in the historical record. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder puts O'Dell's historically significant essays in context and reveals how he helped shape the civil rights movement. From his early years in the 1940s National Maritime Union, to his pioneering work in the early 1960s with Martin Luther King Jr., to his international efforts for the Rainbow Coalition during the 1980s, O'Dell was instrumental in the development of t.

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O'Dell is an intelligent and astute writer, organizer, and leader. Since the 1930s, his talents have led him on a pilgrimage through the most prominent arenas in the battle for social justice. In WW II, he served in the Merchant Marine and fought for the National Maritime Union to integrate organized labor. He was a civil rights organizer in Operation Dixie and supported Henry Wallace in the 1940s. He joined and left the Communist Party but not before enduring the anticommunism of the 1950s. O'Dell served as a fund-raiser, voter-registration organizer, and counselor for Martin Luther King Jr. until pressure from J. Edgar Hoover and John Kennedy forced his removal from King's organization. He was an editor and writer for the civil rights journal Freedomways for 23 years. Singh's scholarly, 68-page, footnoted introduction is a valuable narrative of the social and intellectual history of the late 20th century, told from a perspective that has been too often missing. The 16 writings, including a 2009 piece, are well selected to show the presence and analysis of O'Dell. Important for students of the civil rights movement and US social history. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. J. H. Smith Wake Forest University

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