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The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights

The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights

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The civil rights movement was among the most important historical developments of the twentieth century and one of the most remarkable mass movements in American history. Not only did it decisively change the legal and political status of African Americans, but it prefigured as well the moral
premises and methods of struggle for other historically oppressed groups seeking equal standing in American society. And, yet, despite a vague, sometimes begrudging recognition of its immense import, more often than not the movement has been misrepresented and misunderstood. For the general public,
a singular moment, frozen in time at the Lincoln Memorial, sums up much of what Americans know about that remarkable decade of struggle.

In The Movement, Thomas C. Holt provides an informed and nuanced understanding of the origins, character, and objectives of the mid-twentieth-century freedom struggle, privileging the aspirations and initiatives of the ordinary, grassroots people who made it. Holt conveys a sense of these
developments as a social movement, one that shaped its participants even as they shaped it. He emphasizes the conditions of possibility that enabled the heroic initiatives of the common folk over those of their more celebrated leaders. This groundbreaking book reinserts the critical concept of
movement back into our image and understanding of the civil rights movement.

Author: Thomas C. Holt
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 02/01/2021
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780197525791

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 10/05/2020
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2020
Library Journal 10/30/2020 pg. 1
Foreword 12/26/2020

About the Author

Thomas C. Holt is James Westfall Thompson Professor Emeritus of American and African American History at the University of Chicago and the author of Children of Fire: A History of African Americans and The Problem of Race in the Twenty-First Century.

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