Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 10, 2009 - History - 646 pages
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“Remarkable . . . an eye-opening book [on] the freedom struggle that changed the South, the nation, and the world.” —Washington Post

The civil rights movement that looms 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 rich history of that early movement introduces us to a contentious mix of home-grown radicals, labor activists, newspaper editors, black workers, and intellectuals who employed every strategy imaginable to take Dixie down. 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.

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Love Dr. Gilmore's intervention in the Long Civil Rights Movement debate. Also her incorporation of radical activists such as Lovett Fort-Whiteman provides a great discussion of the black freedom struggle. Read full review

Review: Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights: 1919-1950

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Love Dr. Gilmore's intervention in the Long Civil Rights Movement debate. Also her incorporation of radical activists such as Lovett Fort-Whiteman provides a great discussion of the black freedom struggle. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University. A North Carolina native, she writes extensively on Southern history. She and her family live in New Haven, Connecticut.

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