Back To Birmingham: Richard Arrington, Jr., and His Times (Paperback)
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Back To Birmingham: Richard Arrington, Jr., and His Times (Paperback)

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Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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During the 1960s, Birmingham, Alabama, became a major battleground in the struggle for human rights in the American South. As one of the most segregated cities in the United States, the city of Birmingham became known for its violence against blacks and the callous suppression of black civil rights.

In October of 1979, the city that had once used dogs and fire hoses to crush protest demonstrations elected a black mayor, Richard Arrington Jr. A man of quiet demeanor, Arrington was born in the small rural town of Livingston, Alabama, and moved to Birmingham as a child. Although he did not play a direct part in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Arrington was destined to bring about some fundamental changes in a city that once defied racial progress.

Professor Franklin's book is guided by the assumption that Americans everywhere can find satisfaction in understanding the dynamics of social and political change, and they can be buoyed by the individual triumph of a person who beat the odds. Ultimately, Back to Birmingham will, perhaps, enable the reader to measure the distance black southerners have traveled over the decades.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817359454
Number of pages: 376
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Back to Birmingham is an insightful, timely work. In examining the career of Richard Arrington, Jr., Jimmie Lewis Franklin has revealed the potential for significant change in the modern urban South, as well as the shifting barriers still blocking the path of interracial progress."
--Journal of American History
"This volume is an important addition to the literature on the struggle for black political equality. Arrington's participation in this struggle is not complete. The perspective of time will demand further study of his role as both symbol and activist. But Franklin's book will likely remain for many years the definitive study of this remarkable career."
--American Historical Review

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