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Sweet Land of Liberty
The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
Written by Thomas J. Sugrue

Sweet Land of Liberty
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Category: History - United States - 20th Century; Political Science - Civil Rights; Law - Civil Rights
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2009
Price: $20.00
Can. Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7038-8 (0-8129-7038-1)
Pages: 736



 
2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement


Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought—for more than a half a century—to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

“Jeanne Theoharis has written an engaging book, one that also challenges students’ preconceptions about the Civil Rights Movement. Students in my classes found it eye-opening.  Her meticulous research and accessible style make it a valued contribution to any class seeking to explore issues of gender and memory in the Black Freedom Struggle."
—Tomás F. Summers Sandoval, Jr., Associate Professor History & Latino/Latina Studies, Pomona College and author of Latinos at the Golden Gate

“Jeanne Theoharis has written an eye-opening biography of Rosa Parks. It was ideal for the classroom: smart, brisk, and engaging. Best of all, Theoharis explodes all of the clichés surrounding a historical figure whom most students thought they knew. I will assign this book again and again.”
—Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

"Jeanne Theoharis’s Rosa Parks is a pedagogical gift. Clearly written, forcefully argued, and filled with important and groundbreaking historical insights about the civil rights era, black women’s indelible political and intellectual framing of the movement, and the deep-seated black radicalism that undergirded the entire era. A must read book for every course on the civil rights movement." 
—Peniel E. Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Thomas J. Sugrue is a historian at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of History and Sociology. Sugrue’s first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis, won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History, the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, and the Urban History Association Prize for Best Book in North American Urban History. He has also published essays and reviews in The Washington Post, The Nation, London Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Detroit Free Press.





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