Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era - Justice, Power and Politics (Hardback)
  • Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era - Justice, Power and Politics (Hardback)
zoom

Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era - Justice, Power and Politics (Hardback)

(author)
£44.95
Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 30/09/2016
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
This book is about the other Texas, not the state known for its cowboyconservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organising,liberal politics, and civil rights activism. Beginning in the 1930s,Max Krochmal tells the story of the decades-long struggle for democracyin Texas, when African American, Mexican American, and white laborand community activists gradually came together to empower the state'smarginalised minorities. At the ballot box and in the streets, these diverseactivists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights,and real political power for all. Their efforts gave rise to the DemocraticCoalition of the 1960s, a militant, multiracial alliance that would takeon-and eventually overthrow-both Jim Crow and Juan Crow.

Using rare archival sources and original oral history interviews,Krochmal reveals the often-overlooked democratic foundations and liberaltradition of one of our nation's most conservative states. Blue Texasremembers the many forgotten activists who, by crossing racial lines andbuilding coalitions, achieved a degree of economic and political democracyin their cities and state that would have been scarcely imaginable just adecade earlier.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469626758
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 921 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
It would be hard to find a more timely book about Texas political history than this dive into the coalition-building that brought together African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Anglo progressives and labor activists.--Austin American-Statesman


A historical blueprint for Texas activists. . . . [This] history of multiracial civil rights movements in Texas offers lessons for progressives in the age of Trump, one of which is that demography is not necessarily destiny.--Texas Observer


Timely because of the parallels that can be drawn from the past to contemporary issues. . . . A wealth of information for students of social movements and political history. Highly recommended.--Choice


A springboard for sharing new and desperately needed information. Bubbling over with long-forgotten names, events, and facts, this archive of Texas history will be dog-eared in advance and in hindsight of many elections to come.--Fort Worth Weekly


A fine accomplishment, and an important addition to our understanding of the struggle for the most basic Civil Rights in [Texas].--Lone Star Book Reviews


Krochmal is an excellent writer, and his book is simply an enjoyable read.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly


A remarkable accomplishment in both breadth and depth of narrative and in its analytical reach.--Western Historical Quarterly


[Krochmal] has created a source base that should spawn numerous student papers, theses, and dissertations, not to mention offering many new directions for scholars of social movements, modern southern and U.S. politics, labor and working-class studies, and the modern civil rights movement. Instructors in these fields will find Blue Texas essential for graduate seminars.--The Journal of Southern History


An amazingly well researched contribution to comparative racial, labor, and ethnic studies and must be read by historians of Texas, labor, Mexican American, and African American history.--American Historical Review


Krochmal provides solid analysis and consistent optimism in his 421-page work. His use of sixty-six of his own oral histories, as well as many archival ones, makes Blue Texas a wonderful read.--Oral History Review


Blue Texas is thorough, detailed, and ambitious. Deeply rooted in archival research, it tells the story of the ordinary people who came to realize over several decades that to change Texas politics they needed to build coalitions across racial divides.--Pacific Historical Review

You may also be interested in...

Seashaken Houses
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Women & Power
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Boundless Sea
Added to basket
£35.00   £30.00
Hardback
The Five
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Endeavour
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Secret Lives of Colour
Added to basket
The British in India
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Insurrection
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
In My Life
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Windrush Betrayal
Added to basket
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Added to basket
The Descent of Man
Added to basket
Dominion
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Guns, Germs and Steel
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Golden Thread
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Winds of Change
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.