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Inside Newark : decline, rebellion, and the search for transformation

Author: Robert Curvin
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2014.
Series: Rivergate regionals.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For decades, leaders in Newark, New Jersey, have claimed their city is about to return to its vibrant past. How accurate is this prediction? Is Newark on the verge of revitalization? Robert Curvin, who was one of New Jersey's outstanding civil rights leaders, examines the city, chronicling its history, politics, and culture. Throughout the pages of Inside Newark, Curvin approaches his story both as an insider who  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Curvin
ISBN: 9780813565712 0813565715
OCLC Number: 862102443
Description: xi, 377 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments --
Introduction: A Newarker Examines His City --
1. About Newark --
2. Winds of Change --
3. The Collapse of the Machine --
4. Rebellion and City Politics --
5. Political Mobilization in Black Newark --
6. The Arrival of Black Power --
7. The Dancing Mayor --
8. Black Mayor on a White Horse --
9. Pity the Children --
Conclusion: The Search for Transformation --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Rivergate regionals.
Responsibility: Robert Curvin.

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"For decades, leaders in Newark, New Jersey, have claimed their city is about to return to its vibrant past. How accurate is this prediction? Is Newark on the verge of revitalization? Robert Curvin, who was one of New Jersey's outstanding civil rights leaders, examines the city, chronicling its history, politics, and culture. Throughout the pages of Inside Newark, Curvin approaches his story both as an insider who is rooting for Newark and as an objective social scientist illuminating the causes and effects of sweeping changes in the city Based on historical records and revealing interviews with over one hundred residents and officials, Inside Newark traces Newark's history from the 1950s, when the city was a thriving industrial center, to the era of Mayor Cory Booker. Along the way, Curvin covers the disturbances of July 1967, called a riot by the media and a rebellion by residents; the administration of Kenneth Gibson, the first black mayor of a large northeastern city; and the era of Sharpe James, who was found guilty of corruption. Curvin examines damaging housing and mortgage policies, the state takeover of the failing school system, the persistence of corruption and patronage, Newark's shifting ethnic and racial composition, positive developments in housing and business complexes, and the reign of ambitious mayor Cory Booker. Inside Newark reveals a central weakness that continues to plague Newark--that throughout this history, elected officials have not risen to the challenges they have faced. Curvin calls on those in positions of influence to work for the social and economic improvement of all groups and concludes with suggestions for change, focusing on education reform, civic participation, financial management, partnerships with agencies and business, improving Newark's City Council, and limiting the term of the mayor. If Newark's leadership can encompass these changes, Newark will have a chance at a true turnaround."--

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