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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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

Contents

The Failure of Reconstruction and the Triumph of White Supremacy
1
Ida B Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
23
Booker T Washington and the Strategy of Accommodation
41
The Rise of the NAACP
67
The Great War and Racial Equality
87
Marcus Garvey and the UNIA
111
The Radical Thirties
133
Blacks in the Segregated South 191942
161
The NAACPs Challenge to White Supremacy 193545
181
Two Steps Forward and One Step Back 194655
203
The Nonviolent Rebellion 195560
227
The Civil Rights Movement 196063
249
Birmingham the Freedom Summer and Selma
273
The Rise and Fall of Black Power
295
The Continuing Struggle
323
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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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