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Running for Freedom


Running for Freedom

Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941
4. Aufl.

von: Steven F. Lawson

41,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 29.08.2014
ISBN/EAN: 9781118836460
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 416

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Running for Freedom, Fourth Edition, updates historian Steven Lawson’s classic volume detailing the history of African-American civil rights and black politics from the beginning of World War II to the present day. Offers comprehensive coverage of the African-American struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from 1941 to 2014 Integrates events relating to America’s civil rights story at both the local and national levels Features new material on Obama’s first term in office and the first year of his second term Includes addition of such timely issues as the Trayvon Martin case, the March on Washington 5oth anniversary, state voter suppression efforts, and Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act
List of Images viii Preface to the Fourth Edition x Acknowledgments xiii Abbreviations Used in the Text xiv 1 World War II and the Origins of the Freedom Struggle 1 2 Ballots, Boycotts, and the Building of a National Agenda 36 3 Surging Protest, Shifting Politics 72 4 Reenfranchisement and Racial Consciousness 108 5 The New Black Politicians: From Protest to Empowerment 150 6 Progress and Poverty: Politics in a Conservative Era 185 7 In Search of Legitimacy 221 8 Hope and Despair: The 1990s 258 9 Still Running for Freedom 298 10 Toward a “More Perfect Union”: The Obama Presidency 342 Bibliographical Essay 393 Index 429
Steven F. Lawson is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. He has served as an adviser to the television documentary series Eyes on the Prize and has participated as an historical consultant on voting rights cases. His publications include Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944–1969 (1976), In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982 (1985), Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle (2003), and To Secure These Rights: The Report of President Harry S Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights (2004).
Bringing noted historian Steven Lawson’s classic presentation of the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the U.S. into the new millennium, the fourth edition of Running for Freedom details the history of African-American civil rights and black politics from 1941 to 2014. This edition features a new chapter on the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president in American history, an event that marked the culmination of the long struggle of African Americans to gain the right to vote and political power in the nation that had once enslaved, segregated, and disfranchised them. Lawson explores the idea that Obama’s two presidential election victories did not in fact herald a race-neutral or post-racial blind society. He shows us that race remains a polarizing force in American politics and society, and that gaps in racial equality between whites and blacks persist—and in many instances have widened. Other updates to the text include the impact of the controversial Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, 50th-anniversary commemorations of the historic 1963 March on Washington, the Supreme Court’s recent weakening of the Voting Rights Act, and more. Told with eloquence and scholarly precision, Running for Freedom, Fourth Edition, is an indispensable resource on America’s continued quest of racial equality and harmony.
"This book travels an amazing journey from the days of Jim Crow racism through the unfinished age of Obama, and provides the best synthesis history of the civil rights movement.”- Brian Purnell, Bowdoin College "In this engaging and inspiring narrative, Steven F. Lawson shows us how African Americans’ long struggle for freedom, equality, and human dignity forever altered the arc of human history. Lawson reminds us that freedom is a constant struggle; democracy and justice are hard work; and race and racial politics remain touchstones of the 21st century." -Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University

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