Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement

Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement

The Changing Political Economy of Southern Racism
Jack M. Bloom, Richard Hatcher
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1987
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20407-3
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C. Wright Mills Second Award Winning Book 1987 Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center

An intriguing look at the interplay of race and class, this work is both scholarly and jargon-free. A sophisticated study." —Library Journal

This is an exciting book... combining... dramatic episodes with an insightful analysis... The use of concepts of class is subtle and effective." —Peter N. Stearns

... ambitious and wide-ranging... " —Georgia Historical Quarterly

... excellent historical analysis... " —North Carolina Historical Review

Historians should welcome this book. A well-written, jargon-free, interpretive synthesis, it relates impersonal political-economic forces to the human actors who were shaped by them and, in turn, helped shape them.... This refreshing study reminds us how much the American dilemma of race has been complicated by problems of class." —American Historical Review

... a broad historical sweep... skillfully surveys key areas of historiographical debate and succinctly summarizes a good deal of recent secondary literature." —Journal of Southern History

... Bloom does a masterful job of presenting the major structural and psychological interpretations associated with the Civil Rights Movement... It will make an excellent general text to welcome undergraduates and reintroduce old-timers to the social ferment that surrounded the Civil Rights Movement." —Contemporary Sociology

A unique sociohistorical analysis of the civil rights movement, analyzing the interaction between the economy and political systems in the South, which led to racial stratification.

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Table of Contents



Part One: The Changing Political Economy of Racism
I. The Political Economy of Southern Racism
II. The Old Order Changes
III. Nineteen Forty-Eight: The Opening of the Breach
IV. The Splitting of the Solid South

Part Two: The Black Movement
V. The Defeat of White Power and the Emergence of the New Negro in the South
VI. The Second Wave
VII. Ghetto Revolts, Black Power, and the Limits of the Civil Rights Coalition
VIII. Class and Race: A Retrospective and Prospective