“Vivid and moving. . . . [Tells] a story all but lost in most civil rights histories.”—Bill Marvel, Dallas Morning News
The opening speech of the day was delivered by the leader of the march, the great trade unionist A. Philip Randolph, who first called for a march on Washington in 1941 to press for equal opportunity in employment and the armed forces. To the crowd that stretched more than a mile before him, Randolph called for an end to segregation and a living wage for every American. Equal access to accommodations and services would mean little to people, white and black, who could not afford them. Randolph’s egalitarian vision of economic and social citizenship is the strong thread running through the full history of the March on Washington Movement. It was a movement of sustained grassroots organizing, linked locally to women’s groups, unions, and churches across the country. Jones’s fresh, compelling history delivers a new understanding of this emblematic event and the broader civil rights movement it propelled.
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Jones’s most valuable contribution in “The March on Washington” is in detailing the activities of black trade unionists...Anyone who approaches “The March on Washington” anticipating a richly detailed, book-length account of the actual march, however, will be sorely disappointed, for Jones devotes only one chapter out of six to the events of 1963.Read Full Review of The March on Washington: Jobs... | See more reviews from NY Times
A broad, less-than-enlightening look at an important historical moment in America that historians have been “too eager to dismiss.”Read Full Review of The March on Washington: Jobs... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The book will give the reader historical insight into how racial inequality can be confronted and overcome.Read Full Review of The March on Washington: Jobs... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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