Sweet Land of Liberty

Sweet Land of Liberty

The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

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The struggle for racial equality in the North has been a footnote in most books about civil rights in America. Now this monumental new work from one of the most brilliant historians of his generation sets the record straight. Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South.

Thomas Sugrue's panoramic view sweeps from the 1920s to the present--more than eighty of the most decisive years in American history. He uncovers the forgotten stories of battles to open up lunch counters, beaches, and movie theaters in the North; the untold history of struggles against Jim Crow schools in northern towns; the dramatic story of racial conflict in northern cities and suburbs; and the long and tangled histories of integration and black power.

Appearing throughout these tumultuous tales of bigotry and resistance are the people who propelled progress, such as Anna Arnold Hedgeman, a dedicated churchwoman who in the 1930s became both a member of New York's black elite and an increasingly radical activist; A. Philip Randolph, who as America teetered on the brink of World War II dared to threaten FDR with a march on Washington to protest discrimination--and got the Fair Employment Practices Committee ("the second Emancipation Proclamation") as a resu
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679643036
0679643036
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 SUGRUE T
Characteristics: xxviii, 688 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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