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Faculty Book: Clarence Taylor, ed.

Clarence Taylor, ed.

Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Giuliani Era
(Fordham University Press, 2010)

Since the 1960s, most U.S. history has been written as if the civil rights movement were primarily or entirely a Southern history. This book joins a growing body of scholarship that demonstrates the importance of the Northern history of the movement. The contributors make clear that civil rights in New York City (home to the largest population of African Americans in the mid-twentieth century) were contested in many ways, beginning long before the 1960s, and across many groups with a surprisingly wide range of political perspectives. These essays address the role of labor, community organizing campaigns, the pivotal actions of prominent national leaders, the movement for integrated housing, the fight for racial equality in public higher education, and the part played by a revolutionary group that challenged structural societal inequality. Clarence Taylor (Prof., Baruch) is on the doctoral faculty in history.

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Submitted on: NOV 7, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, History