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Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780812219753
Author(s): Simon Hall
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Dimensions: 147 x 234 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 267
Series: Politics & Culture in Modern America

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Two great social causes held center stage in American politics in the 1960s: the civil rights movement and the antiwar groundswell in the face of a deepening American military commitment in Vietnam. In "Peace and Freedom," Simon Hall explores two linked themes: the civil rights movement's response to the war in Vietnam on the one hand and, on the other, the relationship between the black groups that opposed the war and the mainstream peace movement. Based on comprehensive archival research, the book weaves together local and national stories to offer an illuminating and judicious chronicle of these movements, demonstrating how their increasingly radicalized components both found common cause and provoked mutual antipathies.
"Peace and Freedom" shows how and why the civil rights movement responded to the war in differing ways-explaining black militants' hostility toward the war while also providing a sympathetic treatment of those organizations and leaders reluctant to take a stand. And, while Black Power, counterculturalism, and left-wing factionalism all made interracial coalition-building more difficult, the book argues that it was the peace movement's reluctance to link the struggle to end the war with the fight against racism at home that ultimately prevented the two movements from cooperating more full Please click here to ask a question
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