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 earlier than my time and that i did not comprehend the adjustments that have been occurring. This ebook helped my greatly. it really is choked with info (and occasionally difficult to leap backward and forward among subject matters) yet an exceptional source. whereas it wasn't the main attention-grabbing learn for my classification, it wasn't undesirable.

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Behind such rules was a lurking dread of interracial sexuality. Many southern whites viewed black men as possessed of an insatiable desire for white women. Segregated institutions were designed to keep intimate contacts across the color line to a minimum. A black man who made a sexual comment to a white woman was considered tantamount to a rapist. The slightest transgression of the code might lead to a lynching tree. The hypocrisy was glaring. In fact, many white men patronized black prostitutes and those who could afford it sometimes took black mistresses— practices resented by black men and by women of both races.

They could also discard the demeaning etiquette required of blacks in Mississippi. Some found work in department stores and city government, expanding sectors of the economy that usually paid double the wage earned by an agricultural laborer or domestic back in Dixie. A number of powerful white liberals joined in pushing for further improvement. 5-million-member United Auto Workers, which had a sizable black membership, frequently denounced racism and contributed his organization’s funds to the SCLC and NAACP.

And he was seldom out of the headlines as a self-proclaimed “irritant” of local and national elites. During the late 1930s and ‘40s, the handsome, elegantly dressed politician led protests against the exclusion of blacks from New York construction and sales jobs. Beginning in the early ‘50s, Powell annually introduced into Congress an amendment (drafted by the NAACP) that would have denied 42 America Divided federal money to any segregated facility. In 1956, accusing his own party of taking a craven position on civil rights, he endorsed President Eisenhower for reelection.

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