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Civil rights and wrongs : a memoir of race and politics 1944-1994

Author: Harry S Ashmore
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1994.
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"After fifty years as observer and participant on the front lines of the civil rights movement, Harry Ashmore finds the nation still unable, or unwilling, to face up to the basic issues posed in Gunnar Myrdal's classic An American Dilemma. In this memoir, Ashmore takes up where Myrdal left off in 1944, giving us a retrospective view of the causes and effects of the post-World War II civil rights movement,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ashmore, Harry S.
Civil rights and wrongs.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1994
(OCoLC)623452166
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry S Ashmore
ISBN: 0679431810 9780679431817
OCLC Number: 28710918
Notes: "A Cornelia & Michael Bessie book."
Description: xx, 441 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prelude: Roosevelt and the New Deal --
Diversion: The upheaval of World War II --
Genesis: Truman and the Dixiecrats --
Stalemate: The Republican ascendancy --
Default: Eisenhower vs. the Supreme Court --
Transition: The Kennedys and the King --
Midpassage; The Democratic ascendancy --
Pinnacle: Johnson and the great society --
Realignment: New coalitions for both parties --
Retrograde: Nixon and the Southern strategy --
Interlude: Jerry, Jimmy, and Jesse --
Dead end: Triumph of a great communicator --
Postmortem: The Reagan counterrevolution --
Aftermath: Polarization of the primaries --
Turnaround: The Democrats rise again --
Prognosis: A battle for the disaffected.
Responsibility: Harry S. Ashmore.

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"After fifty years as observer and participant on the front lines of the civil rights movement, Harry Ashmore finds the nation still unable, or unwilling, to face up to the basic issues posed in Gunnar Myrdal's classic An American Dilemma. In this memoir, Ashmore takes up where Myrdal left off in 1944, giving us a retrospective view of the causes and effects of the post-World War II civil rights movement, considering it in the context of the political developments that both advanced and hindered its effectiveness." "As executive editor of the Arkansas Gazette, Ashmore led the fight against Governor Orval Faubus when he closed Little Rock's Central High School in defiance of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. As the protest by blacks spread across the nation, Ashmore was present at the heart of the action as journalist, academic, foundation executive, and adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He has won Pulitzer Prizes for himself and his newspaper and has produced a body of work that makes up a unique chronicle of a turbulent era." "Civil Rights and Wrongs is a powerful and important reappraisal of the American Dilemma by a man who has viewed it from the eye of the storm it has spawned."--Jacket.

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