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

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Kevin M. Kruse, Stephen Tuck
Oxford University Press, USA, 2012 - History - 240 pages
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. Scholars from a wide range of fields explore the impact of war on the longer history of African American protest from many angles: from black veterans to white segregationists, from the rural South to northern cities, from popular culture to federal politics, and from the American confrontations to international connections. 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 the authors show 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.
 

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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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KK: Associate Professor of History, Princeton University. Author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (Princeton UP, 2005) and co-editor of The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press, 2006). ST: University Lecturer in History, University of Oxford. Author of We Ain''t What We Ought To Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama (Harvard UP, 2010)and Beyond Atlanta: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Georgia,1940-1980 (University of Georgia, 2003).

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