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Local Black Freedom Movements In America

Over the last several years, the traditional narrative of the civil rights movement as largely a southern phenomenon, organized primarily by male leaders, that roughly began with the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and ended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, has been complicated by studies that root the movement in smaller communities across the country. These local movements had varying agendas and organizational development, geared to the particular circumstances, resources, and regions in which they operated. Local civil rights activists frequently worked in tandem with the national civil rights movement but often functioned autonomously from—and sometimes even at odds with—the national movement.

Together, the pathbreaking essays in Groundwork teach us that local civil rights activity was a vibrant component of the larger civil rights movement, and contributed greatly to its national successes. Individually, the pieces offer dramatic new insights about the civil rights movement, such as the fact that a militant black youth organization in Milwaukee was led by a white Catholic priest and in Cambridge, Maryland, by a middle-aged black woman; that a group of middle-class, professional black women spearheaded Jackson, Mississippi's movement for racial justice and made possible the continuation of the Freedom Rides, and that, despite protests from national headquarters, the Brooklyn chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality staged a dramatic act of civil disobedience at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

No previous volume has enabled readers to examine several different local movements together, and in so doing, Groundwork forges a far more comprehensive vision of the black freedom movement.


Format: Book
Title: Groundwork : local black freedom movements in America / edited by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard ; with a foreword by Charles Payne.
Publisher Date: New York : New York University, c2005.
Subject: African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century African American civil rights workers -- History -- 20th century. African American civil rights workers -- Biography Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century United States -- History, Local
Isbn: 0814782841 (cloth : alk. paper) 081478285X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Title: Groundwork : local black freedom movements in America / edited by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard ; with a foreword by Charles Payne.
Publisher, Date: New York : New York University, c2005.
Description: xv, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: African American civil rights workers -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: African American civil rights workers -- Biography
Subjects: Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: United States -- History, Local
Other Author: Theoharis, Jeanne
Other Author: Woodard, Komozi
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: 'They told us our kids were stupid': Ruth Batson and the educational movement in Boston / Jeanne Theoharis -- 'Drive a while for freedom': Brooklyn CORE's 1964 stall-in and public discourses on protest violence / Brian Purnell -- Message from the grassroots: the black power experiment in Newark, New Jersey / Komozi Woodard -- Gloria Richardson and the civil rights movement in Cambridge, Maryland / Peter B. Levy -- We've come a long way: Septima Clark, the warings, and the changing civil rights movement / Katherine Mellen Charron -- Organizing for more than the vote: the political radicalization of local people in Lowndes County, Alabama, 1965-1966 / Hasan Kwama Jeffries -- 'God's appointed savior': Charles Evers's use of local movements for national stature / Emilye Crosby -- Local women and the civil rights movement in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1943-1953 / Michael Washington -- 'We cannot wait for understanding to come to us': community activists respond to violence at Detroit's Northwestern High School, 1940-1941 / Karen Miller -- 'Not a color, but an attitude': Father James Groppi and black power politics in Milwaukee / Patrick Jones -- Practical internationalists: the story of the Des Moines, Iowa, Black Panther Party / Reynaldo Anderson -- Inside the Panther revolution: the black freedom movement and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California / Robyn Ceanne Spencer.
LCCN: 2004017053
ISBN: 0814782841 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 081478285X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 323.1196073 Gro