Better Day Coming by Adam Fairclough
Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000

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From the end of postwar Reconstruction in the South to an analysis of the rise and fall of Black Power, acclaimed historian Adam Fairclough presents a straightforward synthesis of the century-long struggle of black Americans to achieve civil rights and equality in the United States. Beginning with Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching in the 1890s, Fairclough chronicles the tradition of protest that led to the formation of the NAACP, Booker T. Washington and the strategy of accommodation, Marcus Garvey and the push for black nationalism, through to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond. Throughout, Fairclough presents a judicious interpretation of historical events that balances the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement against the persistence of racial and economic inequalities.

About Adam Fairclough

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Adam Fairclough teaches American history at the University of East Anglia in England. His books include To Redeem the Soul of America, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Race and Democracy, which won the Lillian Smith Award.
Published June 25, 2002 by Penguin Books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In the end (although he cites many examples of improvements in the lives of black Americans by the end of the century), Fairclough looks to the future with considerable pessimism, noting the “deep unease about continuing inequality and confusion over what should be done about it.” An incisive ren...

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Quickly reviewing major events (e.g., the Great Migration, the Scottsboro affair), Fairclough guides readers through the 1910s, '20s and '30s, examining the failure of Garvey's black nationalism and recognizing the role of the Communist Party in fighting racism.

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