America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s by Maurice Isserman

By Maurice Isserman

I purchased this booklet for a category in US heritage. The 60s have been ahead of my time and that i did not comprehend the alterations that have been occurring. This ebook helped my greatly. it really is filled with details (and occasionally not easy to leap from side to side among issues) yet an excellent source. whereas it wasn't the main attention-grabbing learn for my type, it wasn't undesirable.

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And, as during the heyday of the abolitionist movement, thousands of young whites signed up for the cause. SNCC’s vision was of a “beloved community” that would gradually replace a culture of hatred and inequality. Only through an integrated movement could an integrated society be built. In the late spring of 1961, a few SNCC workers took part in the Freedom Ride, a courageous argument for the efficacy of non-violent interracial protest. , to begin an effort planned by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

And when the protestors were heckled and jostled by a knot of young, white working-class men brandishing Confederate flags, burly members of the A & T football team, American flags in hand, rushed to their defense. ” asked the astonished whites. 20 The concept of mass civil disobedience spread quickly. By April, lunch counter sit-ins were under way in 54 different southern cities. And, before the year was over, most had achieved their limited objective. All over the country, young black people heard about the sit-ins and wanted to join the movement.

Mechanized cotton pickers shrunk the need for agrarian labor just as the lure of good jobs in war industries sapped the will to stay in the fields. Metropolises from Los Angeles to New York filled up with darkskinned residents—and, after the war, the flow persisted. 5 million black men and women migrated out of Dixie; African Americans were fast becoming an urban people. This second great migration (the first occurred during and just after World War I) helped pry open some long-padlocked doors.

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