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We ain't what we ought to be : the Black freedom struggle, from emancipation to Obama

Tuck, Stephen G. N.

Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press c2010

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  • Title:
    We ain't what we ought to be : the Black freedom struggle, from emancipation to Obama
  • Author/Creator: Tuck, Stephen G. N.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
  • Creation Date: c2010
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: viii, 494 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-477) and index.
  • Subjects: African Americans -- Civil rights -- History; Social justice -- United States -- History; Civil rights movements -- United States -- History; African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877; African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964; African Americans -- History -- 1964-; United States -- Race relations
  • Description: Stephen Tuck traces the black freedom struggle in all its diversity, from the first years of freedom during the Civil War to President Obama's inauguration. As it moves from popular culture to high politics, from the Deep South to New England, the West Coast, and abroad, Tuck weaves gripping stories of ordinary black people - as well as celebrated figures - into the sweep of racial protest and social change. We Ain't What We Ought To Be rejects the traditional narrative that identifies the Southern non-violent civil rights movement as the focal point of the black freedom struggle. Instead, it explores the dynamic relationships between those seeking new freedoms and those looking to preserve racial hierarchies, and between grassroots activists and national leaders.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-477) and index.
  • Contents: The freedom war, 1861-1865
    Freedom is not enough, 1865-1877
    Resisting the juggernaut of White supremacy, 1878-1906
    Black leaders reckon with Jim Crow, 1893-1916
    Great War and Great Migration, 1917-1924
    Renaissance in Harlem, dark ages elsewhere, 1924-1941
    World War II and its aftermath, 1941-1948
    Three steps forward, two steps back, 1949-1959
    The Civil Rights movement, 1960-1965
    Black power and grassroots protest, 1966-1978
    Reagan, rap, and resistance, 1979-2000.
  • OCLC Number: 319493060
  • Identifier: ISBN9780674036260;ISBN0674036263;LCCN2009035237