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Alienable Rights : Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man's Land, 1619-2000

Alienable Rights : Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man's Land, 1619-2000 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060959111

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ISBN13: 978-0060959111
ISBN10: 0060959118
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 2003
International: No

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Alienable Rights : Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man's Land, 1619-2000 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060959111

Francis Adams and Barry Sanders

ISBN13: 978-0060959111
ISBN10: 0060959118
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Perennial Library

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

In a devastating narrative that spans more than three centuries, the authors maintain that the drive for African-American equality has never had the support of the majority of Americans.

Despite the great racial upheavals of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, and the federal government's attempts to give blacks the right to vote, hold office, own land, and enjoy full citizenship, Jim Crow and "separate but equal" became the law of the land. And the spectacular gains of the civil rights era of the 1960s were followed by a discouraging backlash in the 1980s.

Racial progress was made only in brief historical bursts when a committed militant minority -- abolitionists, radical republicans, civil rights activists -- stirred the nation, pressuring it to change. Invariably, however, these advances have been followed by concerted efforts to restore white privilege.

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