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Author Lang, Clarence
Title Black America in the shadow of the sixties : notes on the civil rights movement, neoliberalism, and politics / Clarence Lang
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2015]
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 Modern History Library  323.1196073 L269    AVAILABLE    30550100608700
Descript xx, 159 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Class : Culture
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-153) and index
On the outskirts of the sixties -- The current moment : civil rights anniversaries, the black man in a white house, and inequality in the new millennium -- The "end" of African American history and the violence of neoliberalism -- The persistent sixties : "yes, we can," "hands off Obama," and the death of Trayvon Martin -- "Between the gun and the target" : the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the 2013 Florida Convention -- Standing our ground
"The 1960s, including the Black social movements of the period, are an obstacle to understanding the current conditions of African Americans, argues Clarence Lang. While Americans celebrate the current anniversaries of various Black freedom milestones and the election of the first Black president, the effects of neoliberalism since the 1970s have been particularly devastating to African Americans. Neoliberalism, which rejects social welfare protections in favor of individual liberty, unfettered markets, and a laissez-faire national state, has produced an environment in which people of color struggle with unstable employment, declining family income, rising household debt, increased class stratification, and heightened racial terrorism and imprisonment. The book argues that a reassessment of the Sixties and its legacies is necessary to make better sense of Black community, leadership, politics, and the prospects for social change today. Combining interdisciplinary scholarship, political reportage, and personal reflection, this work sheds powerful light on the forces underlying the stark social and economic circumstances facing African Americans today, as well as the need for cautious optimism alongside sober analysis."--Publisher's Web site
Subject African Americans -- Politics and government -- 21st century
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century
African Americans -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
Civil rights movements -- United States -- 20th century -- Anniversaries, etc
Nineteen sixties
Neoliberalism -- History -- 21st century
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