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If We Could Change the World: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality (Paperback)
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If We Could Change the World: Young People and America's Long Struggle for Racial Equality (Paperback)

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How did young people and popular conceptions of children and youth help to shape the black freedom struggle? How did young people contribute to and set the tone for the civil rights movement? In the first book to connect young people and ideas about children and youth with America's struggle for racial equality, Rebecca de Schweinitz explains how historical constructions of childhood and youth, and young people themselves, influenced the long history of the civil rights movement. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, If We Could Change the World presents the voices and experiences of participants who are rarely heard and explores familiar events from the black freedom struggle in new ways. In de Schweinitz's work, young people--elementary age, adolescent, and young adult--take their place as significant historical and political actors in the civil rights movement. |Rebecca de Schweinitz offers a new perspective on the civil rights movement by bringing children and youth to the fore. In the first book to connect young people and shifting ideas about children and youth with the black freedom struggle, de Schweinitz explains how popular ideas about youth and young people themselves--both black and white--influenced the long history of the movement.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807872154
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An important book that comes at an appropriate time. . . . De Schweinitz, with this thoughtful and well-researched work, has reminded historians of the important role that youths played in the movement, given scholars a model of how to pursue a further understanding of children's involvement in the twentieth-century black freedom movement, and raised numerous concerns that will help guide the scholarship along the way.--H-1960s


Weaving together stories and facts from a multitude of sources, de Schweinitz demonstrates that the new generation wanted America, and their parents, to live up to the ideals that the nation espoused during the war. . . . Compelling. . . . A significant contribution to the burgeoning field of the history of children in America.--Journal of Social History


[An] innovative study.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly


Clearly written and exhaustively researched, Schweinitz's book is a timely complement to revisionist studies of the civil rights era. . . . Future work in several branches of literary, cultural, and historical studies will be enhanced by Schweinitz's fresh consideration of the decisive role of young people in the black freedom struggle." --African American Review


A richly textured, finely woven, and ambitious study.--Journal of American History


A well-researched seminal work, the author documents not only the use of children's images and issues by African American organizations such as the NAACP, but also the extensive role children and youth played in the movement itself. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice


Rebecca de Schweinitz adds to our understanding of the movement with her nuanced, sophisticated, and insightful look at the role children played in this revolution. . . . Few studies of the civil rights movement present the movement in such a dynamic and dialectical manner.--Arkansas Review


Draws effectively on an array of oral testimonies by people who, as children, joined the civil rights movement. . . . De Schweinitz is a mature, graceful writer, and her book deserves to be widely read and appreciated for the important achievement it is.--Journal of Southern History


De Schweinitz has an important story to tell and she tells it well. The civil rights movement did indeed change the world. And as this fine book reveals, young people were at the center of that long process of change.--American Historical Review


De Schweinitz does a fine job of taking depictions of children and childhood seriously, without sentimentality or cynicism. . . . De Schweinitz has done a commendable job of bringing scholarly attention to a long-neglected subject.--North Carolina Historical Review


A powerful reminder that each generation's struggles are not just about themselves, but about the young to follow.--The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture

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