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Poll Power

by Evan Faulkenbury The University of North Carolina Press (April 10, 2019)

Creating and sustaining a social movement costs money. In the early 1960s, after years of grassroots organizing, civil rights activists convinced non-profit foundations to donate in support of voter education...


Lethal State

by Seth Kotch The University of North Carolina Press (January 10, 2019)

For years, American states have tinkered with the machinery of death, seeking to align capital punishment with evolving social standards and public will. Against this backdrop, North Carolina had long stood...


Civil Rights Unionism

by Robert R. Korstad The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

Drawing on scores of interviews with black and white tobacco workers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Robert Korstad brings to life the forgotten heroes of Local 22 of the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied...


Pullman Porters and the Rise of  Protest Politics in Black America, 1925-1945

by Beth Tompkins Bates The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Between World War I and World War II, African Americans' quest for civil rights took on a more aggressive character as a new group of black activists challenged the politics of civility traditionally embraced...


White Enough to Be American?

by Lauren L. Basson The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Racial mixture posed a distinct threat to European American perceptions of the nation and state in the late nineteenth century, says Lauren Basson, as it exposed and disrupted the racial categories that organized...


The Deacons for Defense

by Lance Hill The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

In 1964 a small group of African American men in Jonesboro, Louisiana, defied the nonviolence policy of the mainstream civil rights movement and formed an armed self-defense organization--the Deacons for Defense...


The Age of Youth in Argentina

by Valeria Manzano The University of North Carolina Press (April 28, 2014)

This social and cultural history of Argentina's "long sixties" argues that the nation's younger generation was at the epicenter of a public struggle over democracy, authoritarianism, and revolution from the...


American Science in an Age of Anxiety

by Jessica Wang The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

No professional group in the United States benefited more from World War II than the scientific community. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scientists enjoyed unprecedented public visibility...


Radio Free Dixie

by Timothy B. Tyson The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2009)

This book tells the remarkable story of Robert F. Williams--one of the most influential black activists of the generation that toppled Jim Crow and forever altered the arc of American history. In the late 1950s,...


The NAACP's Legal Strategy against Segregated Education, 1925-1950

by Mark V. Tushnet The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2012)

The NAACP's fight against segregated education--the first public interest litigation campaign--culminated in the 1954 Brown decision. While touching on the general social, political, and economic climate in...


Allies and Adversaries

by Mark A. Stoler The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

During World War II the uniformed heads of the U.S. armed services assumed a pivotal and unprecedented role in the formulation of the nation's foreign policies. Organized soon after Pearl Harbor as the Joint...


Citizenship in the Western Tradition

by Peter Riesenberg The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Intended for both general readers and students, Peter Riesenberg's instructive book surveys Western ideas of citizenship from Greek antiquity to the French Revolution. It is striking to observe the persistence...


Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement

by Barbara Ransby The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career...


Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North

by Patrick Rael The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany--these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts. But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other...


Struggle for Mastery

by Michael Perman The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

Around 1900, the southern states embarked on a series of political campaigns aimed at disfranchising large numbers of voters. By 1908, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South...


Red Spy Queen

by Kathryn S. Olmsted The University of North Carolina Press (November 03, 2003)

When Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI field office in 1945, she was thinking only of saving herself from NKGB assassins who were hot on her trail. She had no idea that she was about to start the greatest...


Let the People Decide

by J. Todd Moye The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

In the middle of the Mississippi Delta lies rural, black-majority Sunflower County. J. Todd Moye examines the social histories of civil rights and white resistance movements in Sunflower, tracing the development...


The Color of Work

by Timothy J. Minchin The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Histories of the civil rights movement have generally overlooked the battle to integrate the South's major industries. The paper industry, which has played an important role in the southern economy since the...


At America's Gates

by Erika Lee The University of North Carolina Press (January 21, 2004)

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course...


Colorblind Injustice

by J. Morgan Kousser The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Challenging recent trends both in historical scholarship and in Supreme Court decisions on civil rights, J. Morgan Kousser criticizes the Court's "postmodern equal protection" and demonstrates that legislative...


The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism

by Julie Roy Jeffrey The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

By focusing on male leaders of the abolitionist movement, historians have often overlooked the great grassroots army of women who also fought to eliminate slavery. Here, Julie Roy Jeffrey explores the involvement...


Untidy Origins

by Lori D. Ginzberg The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

On a summer day in 1846--two years before the Seneca Falls convention that launched the movement for woman's rights in the United States--six women in rural upstate New York sat down to write a petition to their...


Boston Against Busing

by Ronald P. Formisano The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2012)

Perhaps the most spectacular reaction to court-ordered busing in the 1970s occurred in Boston, where there was intense and protracted protest. Ron Formisano explores the sources of white opposition to school...


I Am a Man!

by Steve Estes The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

The civil rights movement was first and foremost a struggle for racial equality, but questions of gender lay deeply embedded within this struggle. Steve Estes explores key groups, leaders, and events in the...


A Different Day

by Greta de Jong The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

Examining African Americans' struggles for freedom and justice in rural Louisiana during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras, Greta de Jong illuminates the connections between the informal strategies of resistance...


A Little Taste of Freedom

by Emilye Crosby The University of North Carolina Press (May 26, 2006)

In this long-term community study of the freedom movement in rural, majority-black Claiborne County, Mississippi, Emilye Crosby explores the impact of the African American freedom struggle on small communities...


A Stone of Hope

by David L. Chappell The University of North Carolina Press (December 07, 2009)

The civil rights movement was arguably the most successful social movement in American history. In a provocative new assessment of its success, David Chappell argues that the story of civil rights is not a story...


The Strength of a People

by Richard D. Brown The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Thomas Jefferson's conviction that the health of the nation's democracy would depend on the existence of an informed citizenry has been a cornerstone of our political culture since the inception of the American...


Chasing Phantoms

by Michael Barkun The University of North Carolina Press (April 25, 2011)

Although a report by the congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism concluded that biological or nuclear weapons were very likely to be...