Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

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Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North

Author: Thomas J. Sugrue
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 720
Cover Price: $ 35.00

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"Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South." Thomas Sugrue's panoramic view sweeps from the 1920s to the present - more than eighty of the most decisive years in American history. He uncovers the forgotten stories of battles to open up lunch counters, beaches, and movie theaters in the North; the untold history of struggles against Jim Crow schools in northern towns; the dramatic story of racial conflict in northern cities and suburbs; and the long and tangled histories of integration and black power.

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Jim Crow laws were designed to deny their civil rights in the South, either directly or by indirect consequences. Illinois is a large Midwestern state that holds a dominant position in transportation and agriculture. New York State grew to be most populous state in the nineteenth century as a result of its strategic position in water transportation, both oceangoing and inland.