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By Maurice Isserman

I purchased this e-book for a category in US background. The 60s have been in advance of my time and that i did not comprehend the adjustments that have been happening. This publication helped my very much. it truly is packed with details (and occasionally not easy to leap from side to side among themes) yet an excellent source. whereas it wasn't the main attention-grabbing learn for my type, it wasn't undesirable.

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The philosophy of racial pride and self-reliance had always appealed more intensely to ordinary African Ameri- Black Ordeal, Black Freedom 43 cans than the integrationist alternative—associated as it was with a small elite of educated professionals. The slave rebel Nat Turner, the Jamaican immigrant Marcus Garvey and his million-member United Negro Improvement Association of the 1920s, and the unemployed Detroit autoworker who changed his name to Elijah Muhammad and founded the Nation of Islam in the 1930s articulated a similar desire for black people to unite and gain power for their race.

But Robinson’s success with the Dodgers (he led the team to the World Series in two of his first three years), followed by the gradual integration of other clubs, destroyed the Negro leagues. Their demise left an ironic legacy: it is likely that fewer black men earned a living as baseball players in the late 1950s and 1960s than during the era of Jim Crow. But not many African Americans mourned the old order. 5 The changes that occurred during World War II and in the decade immediately following it were, by and large, encouraging.

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. For white women, the pedestal of purity could be an emotional cage. Willie Morris, a white writer from Yazoo City, Mississippi, was shocked during World War II when he encountered a woman of his own race who actually enjoyed sex. ”6 Segregation enforced injustices that were economic as well as interpersonal. In rural areas, black elementary schools were usually open only during the winter months (when there was no planting or harvesting to be done) and suffered from ill-trained teachers, a paucity of supplies, and crowded classrooms that mixed students of different ages.

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