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Louis Austin (1898–1971) came of age at the nadir of the Jim Crow era and became a transformative leader of the long black freedom struggle in North Carolina. From 1927 to 1971, he published and edited the Carolina Times, the preeminent black newspaper in the state. He used the power of the press to voice the anger of black Carolinians, and to turn that anger into action in a forty-year crusade for freedom.

In this biography, Jerry Gershenhorn chronicles Austin's career as a journalist and activist, highlighting his work during the Great Depression, World War II, and the postwar civil rights movement. Austin helped pioneer radical tactics during the Depression, including antisegregation lawsuits, boycotts of segregated movie theaters and white-owned stores that refused to hire black workers, and African American voting rights campaigns based on political participation in the Democratic Party. In examining Austin's life, Gershenhorn narrates the story of the long black freedom struggle in North Carolina from a new vantage point, shedding new light on the vitality of black protest and the black press in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter One. No Man Is Your Captain: The Making of an Agitator
  2. pp. 9-21
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  1. Chapter Two. We Have Got to Fight for Our Rights: Advocacy Journalism in the Great Depression
  2. pp. 22-59
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  1. Chapter Three. Double V in North Carolina: The Struggle for Racial Equality during World War II
  2. pp. 60-88
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  1. Photographs
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  1. Chapter Four. Segregation Must and Will Be Destroyed: The Black Freedom Struggle, 1945–1954
  2. pp. 89-126
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  1. Chapter Five. We Want Equality Now: Challenging Segregation after Brown
  2. pp. 127-152
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  1. Chapter Six. The Gospel of the Sit-In: Direct Action, 1960–1965
  2. pp. 153-182
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  1. Chapter Seven. It Was a Wonder I Wasn’t Lynched: A Freedom Fighter till the End, 1966–1971
  2. pp. 183-207
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 208-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-328
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469638782
Related ISBN
9781469638768
MARC Record
OCLC
1022117277
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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