We ain't what we ought to be: the Black freedom struggle, from emancipation to Obama
Stephen Tuck traces the black freedom struggle in all its diversity, from the first years of freedom during the Civil War to President Obama's inauguration. As it moves from popular culture to high politics, from the Deep South to New England, the West Coast, and abroad, Tuck weaves gripping stories of ordinary black people - as well as celebrated figures - into the sweep of racial protest and social change. We Ain't What We Ought To Be rejects the traditional narrative that identifies the Southern non-violent civil rights movement as the focal point of the black freedom struggle. Instead, it explores the dynamic relationships between those seeking new freedoms and those looking to preserve racial hierarchies, and between grassroots activists and national leaders.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -477) and index. The freedom war, 1861-1865 -- Freedom is not enough, 1865-1877 -- Resisting the juggernaut of White supremacy, 1878-1906 -- Black leaders reckon with Jim Crow, 1893-1916 -- Great War and Great Migration, 1917-1924 -- Renaissance in Harlem, dark ages elsewhere, 1924-1941 -- World War II and its aftermath, 1941-1948 -- Three steps forward, two steps back, 1949-1959 -- The Civil Rights movement, 1960-1965 -- Black power and grassroots protest, 1966-1978 -- Reagan, rap, and resistance, 1979-2000.
- LCC: E185
- Dewey Decimal: 323.1196/073
- Language: eng
- Physical Description: viii, 494 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
- Edition Info: (alk. paper)
- History -- Americas -- United States -- 20th Century -- General
- History -- Americas -- United States -- African Americans -- History
- History -- General
- Nonfiction -- Current Events -- Civil Rights & Liberties
- Nonfiction -- Politics -- General
- Nonfiction -- Social Sciences -- Political Science -- United States -- Civil Rights
- Nonfiction -- Social Sciences -- Popular Culture
- Nonfiction -- Social Sciences -- Sociology -- Race Relations -- America
- Nonfiction -- Social Sciences -- Special Groups -- African-American Studies
- Nonfiction -- Social Sciences -- Special Groups -- Ethnic Studies
- African Americans -- Civil rights -- History
- Social justice -- United States -- History
- Civil rights movements -- United States -- History
- African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877
- African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964
- African Americans -- History -- 1964
- United States -- Race relations
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