Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement

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Kevin M. Kruse, Stephen Tuck
Oxford University Press, Mar 1, 2011 - History - 256 pages
It is well known that World War II gave rise to human rights rhetoric, discredited a racist regime abroad, and provided new opportunities for African Americans to fight, work, and demand equality at home. It would be all too easy to assume that the war was a key stepping stone to the modern civil rights movement. But Fog of War shows that in reality the momentum for civil rights was not so clear cut, with activists facing setbacks as well as successes and their opponents finding ways to establish more rigid defenses for segregation. While the war set the scene for a mass movement, it also narrowed some of the options for black activists. This collection is a timely reconsideration of the intersection between two of the dominant events of twentieth-century American history, the upheaval wrought by the Second World War and the social revolution brought about by the African American struggle for equality.
 

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Contents

The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement
3
The Federal Government and Politicized Consumption in World War II
15
Congress Civil Rights and World War II
32
White Supremacy in Alabama in the MidTwentieth Century
51
The NAACPs Legal Insurgency in the South
70
Wartime Activists Think Globally and Act Locally
87
African American Struggles for a New Place in Popular Culture
103
The White Supremacist Vision of Double Victory
126
8 The Sexual Politics of Race in World War II America
145
ShapeShifting Racial Formations and the US Encounter with European and Japanese Colonialism
171
A Contested History of Human Rights without Discrimination
188
The Cold War Military Civil Rights and Black Freedom Struggles
208
Index
231
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Kevin M. Kruse is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University and the author of Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism.

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