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Over the past thirty years, Steven F. Lawson has established himself as one of the nation's leading historians of the black struggle for equality. Civil Rights Crossroads is an important collection of Lawson's writings about the civil rights movement that is essential reading for anyone concerned about the past, present, and future of race relations in America. Lawson examines the movement from a variety of perspectives -- local and national, political and social -- to offer penetrating insights into the civil rights movement and its influence on contemporary society.

Civil Rights Crossroads also illuminates the role of a broad array of civil rights activists, familiar and unfamiliar. Lawson describes the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon Johnson to shape the direction of the struggle, as well as the extraordinary contributions of ordinary people like Fannie Lou Hamer, Harry T. Moore, Ruth Perry, Theodore Gibson, and many other unsung heroes of the most important social movement of the twentieth century. Lawson also examines the decades-long battle to achieve and expand the right of African Americans to vote and to implement the ballot as the cornerstone of attempts at political liberation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Part One. Studying the Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Historiography of the Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 3-28
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  1. Part Two. Lyndon B. Johnson and the Black Freedom Struggle
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. Exploring Johnson's Civil Rights Policy
  2. pp. 31-55
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  1. The Improbable Emancipator
  2. pp. 56-70
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  1. Mixing Moderation with Militancy
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. Part Three. Civil Rights and Black Politics
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. From Boycotts to Ballots
  2. pp. 97-118
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  1. Preserving the Second Reconstruction
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. The Unmaking of the Second Reconstruction
  2. pp. 135-174
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  1. Part Four. From the Bottom Up
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. Florida's Little Scottsboro
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. Investigations and Massive Resistance
  2. pp. 196-216
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  1. From Sit-in to Race Riot
  2. pp. 217-234
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  1. Part Five. New Paths of Exploration
  2. pp. 235-236
  1. Rock 'n' Roll, the Payola Scandal, and the Political Culture of Civil Rights
  2. pp. 237-264
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  1. Women, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation
  2. pp. 265-283
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 284-353
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 354-363
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 364-365
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 366-386
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813157122
Related ISBN
9780813122878
MARC Record
OCLC
607058836
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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