Defying Dixie

Defying Dixie

The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393062441
0393062449
Branch Call Number: 303.48409750904 G488
Characteristics: xii, 642 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.

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