Running for Freedom, Fourth Edition, updates historian Steven Lawson s classic volume detailing the history of African-American civil rights and black politics from the beginning of World War II to the present day. Offers comprehensive coverage of the African-American struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from 1941 to 2014 Integrates events relating to America s civil rights story at both the local and national levels Features new material on Obama s first term in office and the first year of his second term Includes addition of such timely issues as the Trayvon Martin case, the March on Washington 5oth anniversary, state voter suppression efforts, and Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act
Steven F. Lawson is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. He has served as an adviser to the television documentary series Eyes on the Prize and has participated as an historical consultant on voting rights cases. His publications include Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944 1969 (1976), In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965 1982 (1985), Civil Rights Crossroads: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle (2003), and To Secure These Rights: The Report of President Harry S Truman s Committee on Civil Rights (2004).
List of Images viii Preface to the Fourth Edition x Acknowledgments xiii Abbreviations Used in the Text xiv 1 World War II and the Origins of the Freedom Struggle 1 2 Ballots, Boycotts, and the Building of a National Agenda 36 3 Surging Protest, Shifting Politics 72 4 Reenfranchisement and Racial Consciousness 108 5 The New Black Politicians: From Protest to Empowerment 150 6 Progress and Poverty: Politics in a Conservative Era 185 7 In Search of Legitimacy 221 8 Hope and Despair: The 1990s 258 9 Still Running for Freedom 298 10 Toward a More Perfect Union : The Obama Presidency 342 Bibliographical Essay 393 Index 429