- By Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Title: Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Author: Tomiko Brown-Nagin
  • ISBN: 9780195386592
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Courage to Dissent Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement The Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlant

    The Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta the South s largest and most economically important city from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and maThe Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta the South s largest and most economically important city from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism Long before black power emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries both well known legal figures and unsung citizens from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or complicated than, integration Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the integrationist agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization Brown Nagin discusses debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools She documents how the bruising battle over school desegregation in the 1970s, which featured opposing camps of African Americans, had its roots in the years before Brown v Board of Education Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle class and working class African Americans, Courage to Dissent tells gripping stories about the long struggle for equality that speak to the nation s current urban crisis This remarkable book will transform our understanding of the Civil Rights era.

    1 thought on “Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement

    1. The phrase "long history" describes this book perfectly. This book took me longer to read than any other book I've had to read for school. The writer clearly knows her stuff because the book had clearly been well researched but she apparently felt the need to include seemingly every single detail. While I feel the topic of this book is important, it really could have been cut in half page number wise. It didn't NEED to be this long, and with over one hundred pages of notes, it may seem longer th [...]

    2. Well-researched history of how the civil rights movement in Atlanta was a mash-up of a number of different approaches to social change. Presents some great thinking for anyone thinking about how social change happens in the real world.

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