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A New Deal for Blacks

The Emergence of Civil Rights as a National Issue: The Depression Decade

Classic Edition

Harvard Sitkoff

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780195367539

352 pages

This 30th anniversary edition features a new preface and an expansive, up-to-date bibliography.


A watershed decade in U.S. history, the 1930s witnessed a struggle on various fronts--fought by many different Americans--that raised the country's awareness of the inequalities and injustices suffered by African Americans.
Featuring a new preface and an expansive, up-to-date bibliography, this 30th Anniversary Edition of Harvard Sitkoff's A New Deal for Blacks presents a comprehensive account of the changes--substantive and symbolic--that eventually led to the emergence of civil rights as a national issue and helped make a successful quest for racial justice possible. It emphasizes a wide variety of individuals and organizations that contributed to the coming-of-age of civil rights, and highlights the role of New Dealers, organized labor, the Left, Southern women opposed to lynching, biological and social scientists, black lawyers, and, especially, African American organizations that planted the seeds of racial progress.
This unique text is an ideal resource for undergraduate courses in African American history.

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 1981
November 1978

Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    1. "The Dusk of Dawn"
    2. An Old Deal, A Raw Deal
    3. The Start of a New Deal
    4. The Negro Vote
    5. A Rift in the Coalition
    6. The Red and the Black
    7. Organized Labor and Civil Rights
    8. Changing Ideas: Race and Racism
    9. The Law of the Land
    10. The Struggle
    11. "Strange Fruit"
    12. A Culmination and a Beginning
    13. Conclusion

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