Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement

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September 2006



This engaging collection of biographies explores the greater civil rights movement in America from Reconstruction to the 1970s while emphasizing the importance of grassroots actions and individual agency in the effort to bring about national civil renewal. While focusing on the importance of individuals on the local level working towards civil rights they also explore the influence that this primarily African-American movement had on others including La Raza, the Native American Movement, feminism, and gay rights. By widening the time frame studied, these essays underscore the difficult, often unrewarded and generational nature of social change.


Introduction: The Human Tradition and Civil Rights
Part I: Hope is Born
Chapter 1: Abraham Galloway: Prophet of Biracial America
Chapter 2: Homer Plessy: Unsuccessful Challenger to Jim Crow
Chapter 3: James K. Vardaman: "A Vote for White Supremacy" and the Politics of Racism
Part II: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
Chapter 4: Ida B. Wells: Higher Law and Community Justice
Chapter 5: A. Philip Randolph: Labor and the New Black Politics
Chapter 6: Lucy Randolph Mason: "The Rest of Us"
Part III: Awakenings
Chapter 7: Amzie Moore: The Biographical Roots of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Chapter 8: James Lawson: The Nashville Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 9: Charles Sherrod and Martin Luther King Jr.: Mass Action and Nonviolence in Albany
Part IV: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Chapter 10: Diane Nash: "Courage Displaces Fear, Love Transforms Hate": Civil Rights Activism and the Commitment to Nonviolence
Chapter 11: Mae Bertha Carter: These Tiny Fingers
Chapter 12: Robert F. Williams: "Black Power" and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle
Part V: The Borning Movement
Chapter 13: Judith Brown: Freedom Fighter
Chapter 14: Jose Angel Gutierrez: La Raza Unida and Scholarship for Social Justice
Chapter 15: Leonard Peltier: A Small Part of a Much Larger Story
Chapter 16: Sylvia Rivera: Fighting in Her Heels: Stonewall, Civil Rights, and Liberation


Susan M. Glisson is director of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation and assistant professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi.


Glisson's volume convincingly argues that the civil rights movement was not always top-down and that local grassroots organizers deserve recognition from scholars and the general public alike. The Journal Of Mississippi History Susan Glisson has assembled a stellar cast of scholars to tell the stories of individual Americans engaged in the struggle for human rights. This remarkable collection of essays is at once inspiring and sobering. It demonstrates that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. But it also reminds us of the distance still to be traveled before this country lives up to its democratic promise. -- John Dittmer, DePauw University
EAN: 9780742544093
ISBN: 0742544095
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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