U.s. - Political and Civil Rights of Blacks
Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965
Paperback ISBN: 0253208327
"?[Women in the Civil Rights Movement] helps break the gender line that restricted women in civil rights history to background and backstage roles, and places them in front, behind, and in the middle of the Southern movement that re-made America.... It is an invaluable resource which helps set history straight."
Writing to Save a Life
The Louis Till File
Hardcover ISBN: 1501147285
An award-winning writer traces the lesser-known story of Louis Till, the father of iconic civil rights martyr Emmet Till, tying their fates together to reveal how the father was wrongly convicted for rape and murder before being executed by the Army a decade before his son's murder.
General O.O. Howard and the Freedmen
Paperback ISBN: 0393311783
The story of a Civil War promise made to slaves--and broken. At the close of the Civil War, Congress established the Freedmen's Bureau--formally, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands--to deal with the question of the place in society of its new black citizens. General Oliver Otis Howard, known both admiringly and derisively as the "Christian General," was given the responsibility of defining the nation's committment to four million former slaves. Instructed by Congress to divide lands abandoned to the Union army into forty-acre plots and award them to freedmen, Howard began a program that might have given many families farms of their own. The effort had barely begun when it ran into President Andrew Johnson's policy of returning such lands to former white owners. Soon Howard and his agents were under pressure not to assit the free people, but to coerce them into working for landlords. And yet, however tarnished the record, the Bureau was still recalled by W. E. B. DuBois for its "bright promise." Yankee Stepfather provides a revealing, and troubling, picture of the complex relationship of African Americans to their government at a crucial juncture in American history. In a new foreword to this edition, William S. McFeely places his book, first published in 1968, in its place in th scholarship on race relations of the past quarter-century.
You Can't Eat Freedom
Southerners and Social Justice After the Civil Rights Movement
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1469629305
Two revolutions roiled the rural South after the mid-1960s: the political revolution wrought by the passage of civil rights legislation, and the ongoing economic revolution brought about by increasing agricultural mechanization. Political empowerment for black southerners coincided with the transformation of southern agriculture and the displacement of thousands of former sharecroppers from the land. Focusing on the plantation regions of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, Greta de Jong analyzes how social justice activists responded to mass unemployment by lobbying political leaders, initiating antipoverty projects, and forming cooperative enterprises that fostered economic and political autonomy, efforts that encountered strong opposition from free market proponents who opposed government action to solve the crisis. Making clear the relationship between the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty, this history of rural organizing shows how responses to labor displacement in the South shaped the experiences of other Americans who were affected by mass layoffs in the late twentieth century, shedding light on a debate that continues to reverberate today.