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Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941



Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941

Steven F. Lawson

ISBN: 978-1-119-10045-4 January 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 464 Pages


Running for Freedom, Fourth Edition, updates historian Steven Lawson’s classic volume detailing the history of African-American civil rights and black politics from the beginning of World War II to the present day.

Offers comprehensive coverage of the African-American struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from 1941 to 2014

Integrates events relating to America’s civil rights story at both the local and national levels

Features new material on Obama’s first term in office and the first year of his second term

Includes addition of such timely issues as the Trayvon Martin case, the March on Washington 5oth anniversary, state voter suppression efforts, and Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act

List of Images viii

Preface to the Fourth Edition x

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations Used in the Text xiv

1 World War II and the Origins of the Freedom Struggle 1

2 Ballots, Boycotts, and the Building of a National Agenda 36

3 Surging Protest, Shifting Politics 72

4 Reenfranchisement and Racial Consciousness 108

5 The New Black Politicians: From Protest to Empowerment 150

6 Progress and Poverty: Politics in a Conservative Era 185

7 In Search of Legitimacy 221

8 Hope and Despair: The 1990s 258

9 Still Running for Freedom 298

10 Toward a “More Perfect Union”: The Obama Presidency 342

Bibliographical Essay 393

Index 429