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Freedom's sword [electronic resource] : the NAACP and the struggle against racism in America, 1909-1969 /
Gilbert Jonas ; with a foreword by Julian Bond.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
description
xvii, 520 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415949858 (hb : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
isbn
0415949858 (hb : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Creating a change agent : the NAACP's early years during which the new group rejects Booker T. Washington's accommodationist views for W.E.B. DuBois' militancy -- The law as a weapon against unjust laws : how Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall crafted the strategy which produced Brown v. Board of Education -- Southern retaliation vs. Negro determination : the NAACP's assault on Jim Crow places it in mortal combat with the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens Councils -- Leading the quest for political power : James Weldon Johnson leads the fight against lynching, then Walter White defeats President Hoover's Supreme Court nominee -- Comes the revolution : the struggle between the NAACP and the Communist Party USA : White and Wilkins thwart the communist attempts to win the loyalty of American Negroes -- World Wwar II and its consequences for race : the NAACP presses FDR to utilize Negro troops and open up defense industry jobs to Negroes with Mrs. Roosevelt's help --
The politics of political advancement, passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill : as Dr. King leads southern civil rights confrontations, Roy Wilkins and Clarence Mitchell, with Pres. Johnson's help, guide the passage of this unprecedented bill through Congress -- Revolution at the ballot box, the fight for the 1965 Voting Rights Act, led by the NAACP : a broad coalition joined by LBJ, Dirksen and Humphrey win congressional approval of Voting Rights Bill -- Black workers, white unions and the struggle for job equality : A. Philip Randolph and NAACP challenge the AF of L, while looking to the John L. Lewis and CIO for equity in the workplace -- Head-to-head with the ILGWU : a case study of conflict between a powerful union and the NAACP : Herbert Hill exposes the racial labor practices of David Dubinsky and the Ladies Garment Workers Union -- The end of pretense : organized labor refuses to desegregate : George Meany and the ALF-CIO reject the NAACP's pleas to open labor's doors to opportunities for African-Americans -- Roy Wilkins : the gentle giant, advisor to presidents and the nation's leading spokesman for black Americans : Wilkins' steady hand on the tiller brings the NAACP to its apogee -- The NAACP develops financial muscle : new white income sources drive program expansion; from Ford Foundation to Rockefeller, from General Motors to AT&T, the nation's heavy financial hitters extend their support to the NAACP.
catalogue key
7925763
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [471]-480) and index.
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'For many Barrack Obama represents the fulfilment of the ideal we call the American Dream and indeed the embodiment of the work of the NAACP … This first hand insider view gives a comprehensive account of the personalities and politics of the movement and the relationship between organisation and the leadership … Freedom's Sword is an important book and deserves a place in our libraries both for its detail on the NAACP and for our understanding of the civil rights movement.' SATH History Teaching Review
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Gilbert Jonas recounts the history of the first 60 years of the NAACP, during which the organisation grew to reach its peak in size, power & achievements, as the pre-eminent force for ciil rights in the United States.
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Freedom's Sword is the first history to detail the remarkable, lasting achievements of the NAACP's first sixty years. From its pivotal role in overturning the Jim Crow laws in the South to its twenty-year court campaign that culminated with Brown v. the Board of Education, the NAACP has been at the forefront of the struggle against American racism. Gilbert Jonas, a fifty-year veteran of the organization, tracks America's political and social landscape period by period, as the NAACP grows to 400,000 members and is recognized by both blacks and whites as the leading force for social justice. Jonas recounts the historic combined efforts of ordinary citizens and black leaders such as W.E.B. Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, and Thurgood Marshall to root out white-only political primaries, separate schools, and segregated city buses. Freedom's Sword is a vivid and passionately written account of the single most influential secular organization in black America.
Main Description
A grass roots organization founded in 1909 by white liberals appalled by racial violence, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has fought more battles and won more successes for African Americans than any other group in the twentieth century. Freedom's Swordis the first history to detail the remarkable, lasting achievements of the NAACP's first sixty years. From its pivotal role in overturning the Jim Crow laws in the South to its twenty-year court campaign that culminated with Brown v. the Board of Education, the NAACP has been at the forefront of the struggle against American racism. Gilbert Jonas, a fifty-year veteran of the organization, tracks America's political and social landscape period by period, as the NAACP grows to 400,000 members and is recognized by both blacks and whites as the leading force for social justice. Jonas recounts the historic combined efforts of ordinary citizens and black leaders such as W.E.B. Dubois, James WeldonJohnson, and Thurgood Marshall to root out white-only political primaries, separate schools, and segregated city buses. Freedom's Sword is a vivid and passionately written account of the single most influential secular organization in black America.
Back Cover Copy
Freedom's Swordis the first history to detail the remarkable, lasting achievements of the NAACP's first sixty years. From its pivotal role in overturning the Jim Crow laws in the South to its twenty-year court campaign that culminated with Brown v. the Board of Education, the NAACP has been at the forefront of the struggle against American racism. Gilbert Jonas, a fifty-year veteran of the organization, tracks America's political and social landscape period by period, as the NAACP grows to 400,000 members and is recognized by both blacks and whites as the leading force for social justice.Jonas recounts the historic combined efforts of ordinary citizens and black leaders such as W.E.B. Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, and Thurgood Marshall to root out white-only political primaries, separate schools, and segregated city buses. Freedom's Sword is a vivid and passionately written account of the single most influential secular organization in black America.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Lift Evi'Ry Voice and Singp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Creating a Change Agent: the Naacp's Early Yearsp. 7
The Law as a Weapon Against Unjust Lawsp. 31
Southern Retaliation Against Negro Determinationp. 67
Leading the African-American Quest for Political Powerp. 109
Comes the Revolution: the Struggle Between the Naacp and the Communist Party Usap. 135
World War II and Its Consequences for Racep. 151
The Politics of Political Advancementp. 169
Revolution at the Ballot Boxp. 203
Black Workers, White Unions, and the Struggle for Job Equalityp. 231
Head to Head with the Garment Workers Unionp. 265
The End of Pretense: Organized Labor Refuses to Desegregatep. 281
Roy Wilkins: the Gentle Giantp. 303
The Naacp Develops Financial Musclep. 357
Epiloguep. 391
Notesp. 399
Bibliographyp. 471
Photo Creditsp. 481
Indexp. 483
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