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By Maurice Isserman

I purchased this ebook for a category in US heritage. The 60s have been in advance of my time and that i did not comprehend the adjustments that have been occurring. This e-book helped my greatly. it really is filled with info (and occasionally tough to leap backward and forward among themes) yet a very good source. whereas it wasn't the main attention-grabbing learn for my category, it wasn't undesirable.

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Meanwhile, in the nation’s capital, the Washington Post routinely printed want ads that specified, “Stenographer—White, age 20 to 30 . . ”23 The movement that would lift this burden—and catalyze many other jolts to American culture and politics—was gathering force in black churches, schools, and homes. Its funds were meager, and it had, as yet, little political influence. But the sounds of hope, preached in an idiom both militant and loving, were swelling up from picket lines outside Woolworth stores in New York City, in the small towns of the Mississippi Delta, and from a Masonic temple in Richmond, Virginia—former capital of the Confederacy.

And the example of Mohandas Gandhi, the pacifist leader of India’s struggle for independence from British rule. On the first day of February, the four students walked downtown to a Woolworth’s department store. They bought toothpaste and a few other sundries. Then they sat down at the lunch counter and politely tried to order something to eat. They were refused service and, after waiting for 45 minutes, left the store. The next day, they came back with 23 of their fellow students. The following day, they returned with enough supporters to occupy every seat in the store.

But, by the beginning of the ’60s, it had become obvious to black activists and their white allies that the authorities, both North and South, rarely aided the process of liberation unless—as during the Freedom Rides—the movement made it politically uncomfortable for them to stall. CHAPTER 3 The New Frontier of American Liberalism IT REALLY IS TRUE THAT FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS THE ONLY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR A PRESIDENT TO HANDLE, ISN ’ T IT? 25 . . —President John F. Kennedy in conversation with Richard Nixon, 19611 In American popular memory, the 1960s are regarded as years of ascendant liberalism.

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