Sweet Land of Liberty? : The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century.

By: Cook, RobertMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandStudies In Modern History: Publisher: White Plains : Taylor and Francis, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317893660Subject(s): African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sweet Land of Liberty? : The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth CenturyDDC classification: 323.1196073 LOC classification: E185.61 -- .C773 1998Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Note on Terminology -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The past intrudes upon the present -- The civil rights movement in context -- 1. Change and Continuity in the Jim Crow South -- Reconstruction and the post-Civil War South -- The era of segregation -- Instruments of change -- 2. A Pre-history of the Civil Rights Movement -- Community building and political struggle before 1933 -- The New Deal era -- The NAACP campaign for racial justice -- 3. A Movement Stirs 1940-60 -- The Second World War -- The Cold War, Brown, and massive resistance -- The Montgomery bus boycott -- Treading water -- 4. The Destruction of Jim Crow 1960-65 -- The student sit-ins of 1960 -- Kennedy and King at centre stage -- St Augustine and the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- The movement triumphant: Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- 5. Grass-roots Organising and the Mississippi Freedom Summer -- Participatory democracy and the organising tradition -- Mobilising Mississippi blacks, 1961-63 -- Freedom Summer -- 6. The Movement in Decline 1965-68 -- Fissiparous tendencies -- Strain at the centre: The SCLC's Chicago campaign -- Black Power -- The last months of Martin Luther King -- 7. The Roots of Success -- Leadership and organisation -- Unity and nonviolence -- Allies -- 8. The Struggle Continues -- The Nixon years -- Litigation and lobbying in the 1970s and 1980s -- The primacy of politics -- Conclusion: unfinished business -- Select Bibliography -- Maps -- 1. USA: African-American population, 1965 -- 2. Major sites of the southern civil rights movement -- 3. Mississippi: principal centres of civil rights activity, 1961-64 -- Index.
Summary: A powerful and moving account of the campaign for civil rights in modern America. Robert Cook is concerned less with charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King, and more with the ordinary men and women who were mobilised by the grass-roots activities of civil-rights workers and community leaders. He begins with the development of segregation in the late nineteenth century, but his main focus is on the continuing struggle this century. It is a dramatic story of many achievements - even if in many respects it is also a record of unfinished business.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Note on Terminology -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The past intrudes upon the present -- The civil rights movement in context -- 1. Change and Continuity in the Jim Crow South -- Reconstruction and the post-Civil War South -- The era of segregation -- Instruments of change -- 2. A Pre-history of the Civil Rights Movement -- Community building and political struggle before 1933 -- The New Deal era -- The NAACP campaign for racial justice -- 3. A Movement Stirs 1940-60 -- The Second World War -- The Cold War, Brown, and massive resistance -- The Montgomery bus boycott -- Treading water -- 4. The Destruction of Jim Crow 1960-65 -- The student sit-ins of 1960 -- Kennedy and King at centre stage -- St Augustine and the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- The movement triumphant: Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- 5. Grass-roots Organising and the Mississippi Freedom Summer -- Participatory democracy and the organising tradition -- Mobilising Mississippi blacks, 1961-63 -- Freedom Summer -- 6. The Movement in Decline 1965-68 -- Fissiparous tendencies -- Strain at the centre: The SCLC's Chicago campaign -- Black Power -- The last months of Martin Luther King -- 7. The Roots of Success -- Leadership and organisation -- Unity and nonviolence -- Allies -- 8. The Struggle Continues -- The Nixon years -- Litigation and lobbying in the 1970s and 1980s -- The primacy of politics -- Conclusion: unfinished business -- Select Bibliography -- Maps -- 1. USA: African-American population, 1965 -- 2. Major sites of the southern civil rights movement -- 3. Mississippi: principal centres of civil rights activity, 1961-64 -- Index.

A powerful and moving account of the campaign for civil rights in modern America. Robert Cook is concerned less with charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King, and more with the ordinary men and women who were mobilised by the grass-roots activities of civil-rights workers and community leaders. He begins with the development of segregation in the late nineteenth century, but his main focus is on the continuing struggle this century. It is a dramatic story of many achievements - even if in many respects it is also a record of unfinished business.

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Robert Cook is Lecturer in American History at the University of Sheffield.

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