9780809089246

The Struggle for Black Equality

  • ISBN 13:

    9780809089246

  • ISBN 10:

    0809089246

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 09/30/2008
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang

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Summary

The Struggle for Black Equalityis a dramatic, memorable history of the civil rights movement. Harvard Sitkoff offers both a brilliant interpretation of the personalities and dynamics of civil rights organizations and a compelling analysis of the continuing problems plaguing many African Americans. With a new foreword and afterword, and an up-to-date bibliography, this anniversary edition highlights the continuing significance of the movement for black equality and justice. Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, is the author ofNew Deal for Blacksand editor ofFifty Years Later: The New Deal EvalutedandA History of Our Time. The Struggle for Black Equalityis an arresting history of the civil-rights movementfrom the pathbreaking Supreme Court decision of 1954,Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, through the growth of strife and conflict in the 1960s to the major issues of the 1990s. Harvard Sitkoff offers not only a brilliant interpretation of the personalities and dynamics of the civil-rights organizationsSNCC, CORE, NAACP, SCLC, and othersbut a superb study of the continuing problems plaguing the African American population: the future that in 1980 seemed to hold much promise for a better way of life had by the early 1990s hardly lived up to expectations. Jim Crow has gone, but, fifty years afterBrown, poverty, big-city slums, white backlash, politically and socially conservative policies, and prolonged recession have made economic progress for the vast majority of blacks an elusive, perhaps ever more distant goal. "As an introduction to the subject, this book is outstanding . . . The civil rights movement challenges historians to chronicle the transformations that occurred over three decades [and] few have accomplished this task more satisfactorily than Harvard Sitkoff . . .The Struggle for Black Equalitystunningly conveys the passion and anguish of the civil rights movement for those too young to remember and to those who prefer not to forget. FromBrowntoBakke, Martin Luther King, Jr., to Malcolm X, and Montgomery to Memphis, the author vividly portrays the many currents flowing into the river of black protestthe individual and social, local and national, practical and philosophical. He skillfully charts the ebb and flow of Afro-American militancy alternating between optimism and despair, and concludes that a third Reconstruction must arise to remedy the economic and institutional ills carried over from the past. Readers will not find 'value-free' history in the pages of Sitkoff's book, for the author seeks to engage his audience, hoping to shatter its complacency. In doing so, he refrains from preaching, and while he never equivocates in his judgments, he carefully presents a balanced treatment."Steven F. Lawson, University of South Florida,The Public Historian "Sitkoff is an excellent storyteller; he captures the drama of events, the calculations, the horror, the unbelievable sadness of struggle."David Bradley,The Washington Post Book World "First-rate . . . As an introduction to the subject, this book is outstanding . . . The civil rights movement challenges historians to chronicle the transformations that occurred over three decades [and] few have accomplished this task more satisfactorily than Harvard Sitkoff . . .The Struggle for Black Equalitystunningly conveys the passion and anguish of the civil rights movement for those too young to remember and to those who prefer not to forget. FromBrowntoBakke, Martin Luther King, Jr., to Malcolm X, and Montgomery to Memphis, the author vividly portrays the many currents flowing into the river of black protestthe individual and social, local and n

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