Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
A highly accessible account of the evolution of American racism, its perpetuation, and black people’s struggles for equality in the post-civil rights era
Guides students to a better understanding of the experiences of black Americans and their ongoing struggles for justice, by highlighting the interconnectedness of African American history with that of the nation as a whole
Highlights the economic and political functions that racism has served throughout the nation’s history
Discusses the continuation of the freedom movement beyond the 1960s to provide a comprehensive new historiography of racial equality and social justice
1. The Never Ending Story: American Racism from Slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.
2. From the Freedom Movement to Free Markets: Racializing the War on Poverty and Colorblinding Jim Crow.
3. A System without Signs: The Invisible Racism of the Post-Civil Rights Era.
4. Fighting Jim Crow’s Shadow: Struggles for Racial Equality after 1965.
5. To See or Not to See: Debates over Affirmative Action.
6. Is This America? Electoral Politics after the Voting Rights Act.
7 Fir$st Cla$$ Citizen$hip: Struggles for Economic Justice.
8. All Around the World: The Freedom Struggle in a Global Context.
"Even so, the thematic unity and clear elucidation of the nature and persistence of systemic racism in American society and of white Americans ' blindness to it makes the book a valuable study that
should engage student audiences and the reading public." (Journal of American History, 1 March 2011)
Clayborne Carson, Founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
“De Jong writes with passion and grace. Her
historically-grounded treatment of both racism and black Americans'
self-directed struggles for justice make this study an invaluable
guide to the complexities of race in contemporary
William L. Van Deburg, author of New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975