During the four decades separating the death of Martin Luther King and the election of Barack Obama, the meaning of civil rights became increasingly complex. Civil rights leaders made great strides in breaking down once-impermeable racial barriers, but they also suffered many political setbacks in their attempts to remedy centuries of discrimination. Complicating matters, the conservative turn in American political life transformed the national conversation about race and civil rights in surprising ways.This pioneering collection of essays explores the paradoxical nature of civil rights politics in the years following the 1960s civil rights movement by chronicling the ways in which presidential politics both advanced and constrained the quest for racial equality in the United States.
Kenneth Osgood, director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs at the Colorado School of Mines, is the coeditor of Selling War in the Media Age.Derrick E. White, associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, is the author of The Challenge of Blackness.
Release date NZ
August 30th, 2017
Edited by Derrick E White
Edited by Kenneth Osgood
Country of Publication
University Press of Florida
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