New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Paperback)Kent B. Germany (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
Germany's study is a major contribution to a small but growing body of scholarship that asks new questions about the impact and consequences of the civil rights movement, particularly as mediated through the economic opportunity legislation of the 1960s. Focusing on New Orleans, Germany expertly weaves a narrative that considers how the intersection of federal initiatives and grass roots activism shaped the possibilities and limitations for restructuring civic life, black opportunity, and race relations in the post Jim Crow South.--Patricia Sullivan "author of Days of Hope "
Remarkably few historians have probed the local impact of the War on Poverty. While there are many grim twists and unfulfilled hopes in New Orleans After the Promises, Germany shows that the Great Society lived on into the 1970s in New Orleans, and that federal social programs helped to destroy white supremacy. Historians who unthinkingly adopt the concept of a civil rights 'crisis of victory', and who assume that the War on Poverty was nothing more than tokenism, must read this important and highly original book.--Gareth Davies "University of Oxford "
Meticulously researched . . . This balanced case study raises new questions about the outcome of the War on Poverty and the persistence of racial inequity in the twenty-first century. . . . This is a fine study that anyone concerned with racial justice in America should read.--Journal of American History
This is a major contribution to the historiography of civil rights and postwar urban history. Well researched and provocative . . . Dense, nuanced, and at times overwhelmingly detailed, this fresh and invigorating study's scope, range, and ambition are too wide for a short review, but the book will reward the patient reader and deserves the widest possible audience.--American Historical Review
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