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Defying Dixie : the radical roots of civil rights, 1919-1950

The civil rights movement that loomed over the 1950s and 1960s was the tip of an iceberg, the legal and political remnant of a broad, raucous, deeply American movement for social justice that flourished from the 1920s through the 1940s. This contentious mix of home-grown radicals, labor activists, newspaper editors, black workers, and intellectuals employed every strategy imaginable to take Dixie down, from a ludicrous attempt to organize black workers with a stage production of Pushkin--in Russian--to the courageous fight of striking workers against police and corporate violence in Gastonia in 1929. Historian Gilmore shows how the movement unfolded against national and global developments, gaining focus and finally arriving at a narrow but effective legal strategy for securing desegregation and political rights. Little-known heroes abound in a book that will recast our understanding of the most important social movement in twentieth-century America.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, ©2008
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, ©2008
xii, 642 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780393062441, 0393062449
Jim Crow meets Karl Marx
Raising the red flag in the South
From the Great Depression to the great terror
The Nazis and Dixie
Moving left from Chapel Hill to Cape Town
Imagining integration
Explosives in democracy's arsenal
Guerillas in the good war
Cold War casualties Additional Information at Google Books