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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Civil Rights Movement

Struggle and Resistance

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137564825
Publication Date August 2017
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

How did a relatively powerless minority bring down the entire system of racial segregation in the United States within a single generation?

This brand new edition of The Civil Rights Movement chronicles the growth of the mass movement from its origins after the Second World War to the destruction of segregated society, before charting the movement’s path through the 20th century. It challenges the view that the Movement died in 1968 and that coalitions with other groups damaged the gains of the African American community. Fully revised throughout, it now includes in-depth analysis of Barack Obama’s presidency, further exploration of cultural and gender history, and an examination of contemporary issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2016 election. 

William T. Martin Riches was formerly Senior Lecturer and Convenor of American Studies at the University of Ulster, UK.

Preface to the Third Edition
List of Acronyms
1. Transformation of Politics: Civil Rights 1948-58
2. Grass-Roots Struggle in the South
3. The Struggle Intensifies: JFK and a New Frontier?
4. Triumphs and Tragedies: LBJ, The Great Society and the Limits of Liberalism
5. The New Right and Civil Rights
6. Transformation: A New South?
7. Willie Horton and the Southern Strategy: Bush Sr
8. A Third Way from Hope? Bill Clinton
9. 1876 and All That: George W. Bush
10. 'Post-Racial' America? Barack Obama
Epilogue: The Great Divide: The Election of 2016


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