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In his seminal article “Freedom Then, Freedom Now,” renowned civil rights historian Steven F. Lawson described his vision for the future study of the civil rights movement. Lawson called for a deeper examination of the social, economic, and political factors that influenced the movement’s development and growth. He urged his fellow scholars to connect the “local with the national, the political with the social,” and to investigate the ideological origins of the civil rights movement, its internal dynamics, the role of women, and the significance of gender and sexuality. In Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement, editors Danielle L. McGuire and John Dittmer follow Lawson’s example, bringing together the best new scholarship on the modern civil rights movement. The work expands our understanding of the movement by engaging issues of local and national politics, gender and race relations, family, community, and sexuality. The volume addresses cultural, legal, and social developments and also investigates the roots of the movement. Each essay highlights important moments in the history of the struggle, from the impact of the Young Women’s Christian Association on integration to the use of the arts as a form of activism. Freedom Rights not only answers Lawson’s call for a more dynamic, interactive history of the civil rights movement, but it also helps redefine the field.

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  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Dedications
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Long Origins of the Short Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968
  2. pp. 9-37
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  1. Hollywood, the NAACP, and the Cultural Politics of the Early Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 39-69
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  1. The Young Women's Christian Association's Multiracial Activism in the Immediate Postwar Era
  2. pp. 71-110
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  1. James and Esther Cooper Jackson, Communism, and the 1950s Black Freedom Movement
  2. pp. 111-135
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  1. Till They Come Back Home: Transregional Families and the Politicization of the Till Generation
  2. pp. 137-161
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  1. The Johns Committee, Sex, and Civil Rights in Florida
  2. pp. 163-190
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  1. Joan Little and the Triumph of Testimony
  2. pp. 191-221
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  1. Gender, Jazz, and Justice in Cold War Freedom Movements
  2. pp. 223-245
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  1. EEOC Politics and Limits on Reagan's Civil Rights Legacy
  2. pp. 247-275
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  1. Race and Partisanship in Criminal Disfranchisement Laws
  2. pp. 277-304
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  1. "The Community Don't Know What's Good for Them": Local Politics in the Alabama Black Belt during the Post–Civil Rights Era
  2. pp. 305-327
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  1. "I Want My Country Back, I Want My Dream Back": Barack Obama and the Appeal of Postracial Fictions
  2. pp. 329-364
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 365-367
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 369-392
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813134499
Related ISBN
9780813134482
MARC Record
OCLC
759807619
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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