Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000

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Penguin, Jun 25, 2002 - History - 400 pages
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From the end of postwar Reconstruction in the South to an analysis of the rise and fall of Black Power, acclaimed historian Adam Fairclough presents a straightforward synthesis of the century-long struggle of black Americans to achieve civil rights and equality in the United States. Beginning with Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching in the 1890s, Fairclough chronicles the tradition of protest that led to the formation of the NAACP, Booker T. Washington and the strategy of accommodation, Marcus Garvey and the push for black nationalism, through to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond. Throughout, Fairclough presents a judicious interpretation of historical events that balances the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement against the persistence of racial and economic inequalities.

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BETTER DAY COMING: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000

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An overview of black Americans' ongoing struggle for racial equality, from Reconstruction to the present.Although it soon became apparent after the end of the Civil War that white supremacy was the ... Read full review

Better day coming: Blacks and equality, 1890-2000

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Fairclough (To Redeem the Soul of America), who teaches American history at the University of East Anglia (U.K.), has written an overview of the American civil rights movement from the turn of the ... Read full review


The Failure of Reconstruction and the Triumph of White Supremacy
Ida B Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Booker T Washington and the Strategy of Accommodation
The Rise of the NAACP
The Great War and Racial Equality
Marcus Garvey and the UNIA
The Radical Thirties
Blacks in the Segregated South 191942
The NAACPs Challenge to White Supremacy 193545
Two Steps Forward and One Step Back 194655
The Nonviolent Rebellion 195560
The Civil Rights Movement 196063
Birmingham the Freedom Summer and Selma
The Rise and Fall of Black Power
The Continuing Struggle

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Adam Fairclough teaches American history at the University of East Anglia in England. His books include To Redeem the Soul of America and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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