Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byKevin M. Kruse, Stephen Tuck

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It is well known that World War II gave rise to human rights rhetoric, discredited a racist regime abroad, and provided new opportunities for African Americans to fight, work, and demand equality at home. It would be all too easy to assume that the war was a key stepping stone to the moderncivil rights movement. But Fog of War shows that in reality the momentum for civil rights was not so clear cut, with activists facing setbacks as well as successes and their opponents finding ways to establish more rigid defenses for segregation. While the war set the scene for a mass movement, italso narrowed some of the options for black activists. This collection is a timely reconsideration of the intersection between two of the dominant events of twentieth-century American history, the upheaval wrought by the Second World War and the social revolution brought about by the AfricanAmerican struggle for equality.

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It is well known that World War II gave rise to human rights rhetoric, discredited a racist regime abroad, and provided new opportunities for African Americans to fight, work, and demand equality at home. It would be all too easy to assume that the war was a key stepping stone to the moderncivil rights movement. But Fog of War shows th...

Kevin M. Kruse is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University and the author of Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. and co-editor of The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press, 2006). Stephen Tuck is a University Lecturer in History at the University of Oxford. He is the author of We Ain''t What We Ou...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsKevin M. Kruse and Stephen Tuck: Introduction: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement1. James T. Sparrow: Freedom to Want: The Federal Government and Politicized Consumption in World War II2. Julian E. Zelizer: Confronting the Roadblock: Congress, Civil Rights and World War II3. J. Mills Thornton III: Segregation and the City: White Supremacy in Alabama in the Mid-Twentieth Century4. Patricia Sullivan: Movement Building during the World War II Era: The NAACP's Legal Insurgency in the South5. Thomas Sugrue: Hillburn, Hattiesburg, and Hitler: Wartime Activists Think Globally and Act Locally6. Stephen Tuck: "You can sing and punch EL but you can't be a soldier or a man": African American Struggles for a New Place in Popular Culture7. Jason Morgan Ward: "A War for States' Rights": The White Supremacist Vision of Double Victory8. Jane Dailey: The Sexual Politics of Race in WWII America9. Penny Von Eschen: Civil Rights and World War II in a Global Frame: Shape-shifting Racial Formations and the U.S. Encounter with European and Japanese Colonialism10. Elizabeth Borgwardt: Race, Rights, and Non-Governmental Organizations at the UN San Francisco Conference: A Contested History of "Human Rights . . . without discrimination"11. Kimberley L. Phillips: "Did the Battlefield Kill Jim Crow?": The Cold War Military, Civil Rights, and Black Freedom Struggles