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The Color Of Politics : Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics - Michael Goldfield

The Color Of Politics

Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics

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How has race determined the course of American history? From the Revolution to the New Deal, from the Civil War to the Second World War, race has been at the center of virtually every national turning point. In a brilliant book, Michael Goldfield doggedly documents the persistence of racism in the American nation through a penetrating assessment of racism in the labor movement.

An involving account of how a social system of racial subordination was perpetuated during eight watershed periods of our history. [...] The focused examination of the role of race in shaping a broad range of American movements is enlightening. . . the importance of the subject speaks for itself. Goldfield (labor studies, Wayne State Univ.) has written a radical analysis of American political development emphasizing the relationship between race and class. He gives particular attention to five historic "critical periods or turning points": the Colonial era, the Revolutionary War and the development of the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Populist movement, and the Depression and New Deal era. These relatively brief periods are said to have had a major impact on the shape of politics during the longer periods in between them. organized labor to unionize Southern workers successfully during the last of these critical periods and the continuing political consequences of that failure are among the more interesting parts of the book....

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 3
Introductionp. 5
Critical Turning Points in Early U.S. History
Early History of the United Statesp. 36
The American Revolution and the Founding of the Unionp. 50
The Coming of the Civil Warp. 74
The Civil War and Reconstructionp. 113
The Creation of the System of 1896p. 137
Twentieth-Century Politics
The Depression/New Deal Erap. 176
The Post-World War II Periodp. 231
The Emergence of the Civil Rights Movementp. 262
The Building of the White Racist Coalitionp. 296
Conclusion
The Contours of Race and Politics in the United Statesp. 320
Concluding Remarksp. 349
Bibliographyp. 365
Indexp. 389
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781565843257
ISBN-10: 1565843258
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.47  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1