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James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Few literary figures are as commonly referenced in contemporary culture as James Baldwin. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the election of Donald Trump, and daily debates about walls, ... More


Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama

Kenneth Osgood and Derrick E. White (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049083
eISBN:
9780813046976
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049083.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama examines various strategies presidents have used to either limit, expand, or maintain civil ... More


Epilogue

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This epilogue argues for the significance of Baldwin’s contributions to media and cultural studies, highlighting not only how his work in the 1980s engaged with television, film, and other forms of ... More


Marion King: November 1962, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee

Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

in Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604731071
eISBN:
9781604737608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.003.0023
Subject:
History, African-American History

Born on September 12, 1932, in Valdosta, Georgia, Marion King graduated from Spelman College and Mercer University Law School. Marion’s husband, Slater King Sr., was one of the pivotal leaders in the ... More


Chicago School Reform: Harold Washington and a New Era of Decentralization

Elizabeth Todd-Breland

in Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469646589
eISBN:
9781469647173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646589.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter analyzes the racial politics of Mayor Harold Washington’s election, his education summit, and the supporters and critics of the 1988 Chicago School Reform Act. Harold Washington’s ... More


Lead into Gold?: The Alchemy of County Redistricting

Chris Danielson

in After Freedom Summer: How Race Realigned Mississippi Politics, 1965-1986

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813037387
eISBN:
9780813042350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037387.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses the legal battles to end discriminatory county redistricting in Mississippi. County supervisors wielded significant power on the local level, and white boards of supervisors ... More


A Piece of the Rock: Post–Civil Rights Losses, Gains, and Remnants

Imani Perry

in May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638607
eISBN:
9781469638621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638607.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the rise of Black political power and modest desegregation gains of the 1970s and 80s. In the midst of the expansion of Black presence in the public eye, and the waning of ... More


The Reagan Counterrevolution

Timothy J. Minchin and John A. Salmond

in After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813129785
eISBN:
9780813135625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813129785.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

Several Americans, particularly those from the white South, shared the same sense of high elation with Senator Thurmond after Ronald Reagan was elected as the nation's president. Busing was about to ... More


Introduction

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introduction provides an overview of James Baldwin’s work in the 1980s and why it has been overlooked. Against the conventional narrative of Baldwin’s “decline,” a fresh look at his late work ... More


Freaks in the Reagan Era: Androgyny and the American Ideal of Manhood

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s 1985 essay, “Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood,” to examine how the Reagan-era ideal of masculinity was delineated and contested in popular culture. By the ... More


The Welcome Table: Intimacy, AIDS, and Love

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Baldwin’s unpublished play, The Welcome Table, within the context of the AIDS epidemic. While it is only mentioned explicitly in a few early passages, the AIDS crisis serves as ... More


“To Crush the Serpent”: The Religious Right and the Moral Minority

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s final major essay, “To Crush the Serpent” (1987), to examine the rise of the religious Right and Baldwin’s alternative vision of morality. In the 1980s, Baldwin ... More


Things Not Seen: Covering Tragedy, from the Terror in Atlanta to Black Lives Matter

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter reads Baldwin’s award-winning essay, “Atlanta: The Evidence of Things Not Seen” and elaborated final nonfiction book, TheEvidence of Things Not Seen, as a corrective to sensationalist ... More


Ronald Reagan and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Battles Won and Wars Lost

Mary Frances Berry

in Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049083
eISBN:
9780813046976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049083.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes how the Reagan administration sought to limit key civil rights policies such as the Voting Rights Act, to defeat fair housing legislation, to support segregated private ... More


Rebuilding Institutions and Redefining Issues: The Reagan Justice Department and the Reconstruction of Civil Rights

Richard L. Pacelle

in Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049083
eISBN:
9780813046976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049083.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that the Reagan administration applied three overarching strategies to use the courts to turn back the clock on civil rights: first, the replacement of federal judges with those ... More


Civil Rights Policymaking in the Clinton Administration: In Reagan’s Shadow

Robert C. Smith

in Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049083
eISBN:
9780813046976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049083.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that, despite being a Democrat, Bill Clinton approached civil rights policy similarly to Ronald Reagan. The chapter compares Clinton’s and Reagan’s approaches to affirmative ... More


Conclusion

Rebecca Tuuri

in Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638904
eISBN:
9781469638928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638904.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

This conclusion offers a brief overview of the National Council of Negro women (NCNW) from 1980 to the present, looking especially at its changes during the Regan era. After Ronald Regan's election, ... More


Epilogue: An Enduring Legacy

Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier

in Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469628547
eISBN:
9781469628561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628547.003.0014
Subject:
History, African-American History

The epilogue examines the legacy of the efforts by Julius Chambers and his firm through the mid-1970s. In 1984, Chambers, widely acknowledged as an exceptionally skilled civil rights litigator and ... More


A World of Despair: Free Enterprise and Its Failures

Greta de Jong

in You Can't Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice After the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629308
eISBN:
9781469629322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629308.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the impact of free market economic policies on rural development in the 1980s and 1990s. Seeking to end excessive government interference in the economy, President Ronald ... More


The Year of the Cop: Buying and Selling Law and Order

Max Felker-Kantor

in Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646831
eISBN:
9781469646855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646831.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

The LAPD’s postwar model of policing routinely served as a standard for departments across the country. Backed by federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration funds and support from newly ... More


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