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Defying Dixie

The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950
  • By Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
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The civil rights movement that loomed over the 1950s and 1960s was the tip of an iceberg, the legal and political remnant of a broad, raucous, deeply American movement for social justice that flourished from the 1920s through the 1940s. This contentious mix of home-grown radicals, labor activists, newspaper editors, black workers, and intellectuals employed every strategy imaginable to take Dixie down, from a ludicrous attempt to organize black workers with a stage production of Pushkin--in Russian--to the courageous fight of striking workers against police and corporate violence in Gastonia in 1929. In a dramatic narrative Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore deftly shows how the movement unfolded against national and global developments, gaining focus and finally arriving at a narrow but effective legal strategy for securing desegregation and political rights. Little-known heroes abound in a book that will recast our understanding of the most important social movement in twentieth-century America.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780393062441
    • Manufacturer: W W Norton & Co
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780393062441
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2008
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
    • Page Count: 642
    • Width: 6.54 inches
    • Height: 9.50 inches
    • Length: 1.80 inches
    • Weight: 2.22 pounds
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