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Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North, Thomas J. Sugrue

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Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North
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Sweet land of liberty
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the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North
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Thomas J. Sugrue
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eng
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Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South
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  • /* Starred Review */ According to Sugrue (The Origins of the Urban Crises ), most histories of the civil rights movement “focus on the South and the epic battles between nonviolent protestors and the defenders of Jim Crow during the 1950s and 1960s.” The author's groundbreaking account covers a wider time frame and turns the focus northward to “the states with the largest black populations outside the south.” Sugrue highlights seminal people, books and organizations in his tightly focused study that restores many largely forgotten Northern activists as integral participants in the civil rights movement—such as Philadelphia pastor Leon Sullivan; Roxanne Jones of the “welfare rights movement” and first black woman elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate; and James Forman, advocate for reparations. The National Negro Congress, the Revolutionary Action Movement and the National Black Political Convention share history with the NAACP and the Urban League, as Sugrue traces the phoenixlike risings from the ashes of old organizations into new. Dense with “boycotts, pickets, agitation, riots, lobbying, litigation, and legislation,” the book is heavily detailed but consistently readable with unparalleled scope and fresh focus. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 22, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 38, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ The commonplace focus on the Civil Rights Movement as a morality play set in the 1950s and 1960s South neglects the North as a crucial battleground in the struggle for racial equality, argues Bancroft Prize-winning University of Pennsylvania historian Sugrue (The Origins of the Urban Crisis ). In his three-part, 14-chapter narrative, he shows that black exclusion, poverty, and racial violence permeated America on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Focusing on an array of individual activists and grassroots organizations that collectively advanced equality in the states having the largest black populations outside the South from the 1920s through the Great Migration and on, Sugrue produces a political history with strong socioeconomic themes, weaving together local, national, and international developments. And he carries his analysis into the so-called post-civil rights era since the 1980s. Diagramming the dimensions of the continuing black crisis, he plumbs fragile gains and deepening racial divides. This splendid read brims with insights broadening and deepening understanding of the black-white mold of modern America. Highly recommended and essential for collections on U.S. history, social movements, race relations, or civil rights.—Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ --Thomas J. Davis (Reviewed November 1, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 18, p88)
  • Sweeping, well-documented history of the struggle for racial equality above the Mason-Dixon line.Bancroft Prize–winner Sugrue (History and Sociology/Univ. of Pennsylvania; The Origins of the Urban Crisis, 1996, etc.) argues that in the North, practices in the workplace, education, public accommodations and housing were as effective as "Whites Only" signs in keeping blacks and whites separated. The civil-rights struggle there was just as fierce, he continues, and is as significant to an understanding of the present as the oft-told Southern story. Identifying racial injustice as a political problem of unequal power relationships, he examines the ways in which institutions have created and maintained racial separation and racial privilege. Drawing on the contemporary writings of black journalists, government investigative reports and the records of local, regional and national civil-rights groups, the author focuses on New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, the states with the largest black populations outside the South. He examines the impact of massive African-American migration in the 1920s from the rural South to Northern cities, then turns to the fight in the '30s and '40s for economic security by interracial coalitions of black militants and small numbers of religious activists and secular leftists. A second wave of migration to Northern industrial centers launched by World War II ultimately changed the racial composition of many cities and sparked grassroots battles over housing, schools and public accommodations. Sugrue provides unforgettable stories of black encounters with segregated hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, beaches and amusement parks, as well as moving accounts of grassroots resistance to unequal schooling and restricted housing. He enlivens this complex history of political movements and shifting coalitions with personal stories: the middle-class advocate of "uplift and respectability" who evolved into a militant; the college student whose request for a movie ticket eventually opened RKO theaters to black patrons; the New York school teacher who headed a movement demanding jobs for black construction workers.Scholarly yet accessible. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2008)
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contains biographical information
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1962-
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Sugrue, Thomas J.
Dewey number
323.1196/073074
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.9
LC item number
.S95 2008
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • Civil rights movements
  • African American civil rights workers
  • Civil rights workers
  • Northeastern States
  • United States
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the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North
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Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North, Thomas J. Sugrue
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [547]-664) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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716251
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 688 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780679643036
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(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002081
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780679643036
  • (OCoLC)191732290
Label
Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North, Thomas J. Sugrue
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [547]-664) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
716251
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 688 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780679643036
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002081
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780679643036
  • (OCoLC)191732290

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