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The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-11
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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This engaging collection of biographies explores the greater civil rights movement in America from Reconstruction to the 1970s while emphasizing the importance of grassroots actions and individual agency in the effort to bring about national civil renewal. While focusing on the importance of individuals on the local level working towards civil rights they also explore the influence that this primarily African-American movement had on others including La Raza, the Native American Movement, feminism, and gay rights. By widening the time frame studied, these essays underscore the difficult, often unrewarded and generational nature of social change.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Human Tradition and Civil Rights ix
Susan M. Glisson
Part I: Hope Is Born
1 Abraham Galloway: Prophet of Biracial America
David S. Cecelski
2 Homer Plessy: Unsuccessful Challenger to Jim Crow
Minoa Uffelman
3 James K. Vardaman: "A Vote for White Supremacy" and the Politics of Racism
Paul R. Beezley
Part II: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
4 Ida B. Wells: Higher Law and Community Justice
Christopher Waldrep
5 A. Philip Randolph: Labor and the New Black Politics
Eric Arnesen
6 Lucy Randolph Mason: "The Rest of Us"
Susan M. Glisson
Part III: Awakenings
7 Amzie Moore: The Biographical Roots of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Jay Driskell
8 James Lawson: The Nashville Civil Rights Movement
Ernest M. Limbo
9 Charles Sherrod and Martin Luther King Jr.: Mass Action and Nonviolence in Albany
Robert E. Luckett Jr.
Part IV: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
10 Diane Nash: "Courage Displaces Fear, Love Transforms Hate": Civil Rights Activism and the Commitment to Nonviolence
Jennifer A. Stollman
11 Mae Bertha Carter: These Tiny Fingers
Constance Curry
12 Robert F. Williams: "Black Power" and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle
Timothy B. Tyson
Part V: The Borning Movement
13 Judith Brown: Freedom Fighter
Carol Giardina
14 José Angel Gutiérrez: La Raza Unida and Scholarship for Social Justice
David J. Libby
15 Leonard Peltier: A Small Part of a Much Larger Story
Crystal S. Anderson
16 Sylvia Rivera: Fighting in Her Heels: Stonewall, Civil Rights, and Liberation
Layli Phillips and Shaman Olugbala
Index 335(12)
About the Editor and Contributors 347

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