From a Raw Deal to a New Deal: African Americans 1929-1945 by Joe William TrotterFrom a Raw Deal to a New Deal: African Americans 1929-1945 by Joe William Trotter

From a Raw Deal to a New Deal: African Americans 1929-1945

byJoe William TrotterEditorEarl Lewis

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Bank closings, soup kitchens, bread lines, unemployed workers begging for work--these images defined the 1930s and '40s in America. For African Americans the era was a study in contrasts: black workers had the highest unemployment rate at a time when black leaders held important positions inFranklin Roosevelt's administration; New Deal legislation threw hundreds of thousands of black sharecroppers off the land while the same federal government provided unprecedented opportunities for black writers and artists; dramatic episodes of racist violence against African Americans occurred justas Communists and other radicals launched a nationwide campaign against racial injustice. When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the horrors of war provided an opportunity for blacks to demand equal treatment. As the African American servicemen, such as the all-black 99th fighter squadron (also known as the "Tuskegee Airmen"), fought for democracy overseas, black people athome were treated like second-class citizens. The war also created employment opportunities for many black working people. But few managed to get industrial jobs or into training programs, and those who did were likely to experience violent reprisals from disgruntled white workers. While U.S. troopsinvaded Normandy and bombed Okinawa, African Americans fought their own war at home. From a Raw Deal to a New Deal examines the impact of the depression and the war on black communities. The response of workers, farmers, activists, and the federal government, the inspiring cultural and intellectual achievements of such leading African Americans as Marcus Garvey, W. E. B. Du Bois,Langston Hughes, and Marian Anderson, and the role that war-time industrialization and recovery played in black protest movements paved the way for the modern civil rights movement. This is fascinating and relevant history for today's young people.
Joe William Trotter, Jr., is professor of history at Carnegie-Mellon University. Professor Trotter is the author of Coal, Class, and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-1932, Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-1945, and editor of The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race...
Title:From a Raw Deal to a New Deal: African Americans 1929-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 9.41 × 7.25 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195087712

ISBN - 13:9780195087710

Appropriate for ages: 10 - adult


Editorial Reviews

"A balanced and unbiased treatment of a turbulent but nevertheless hopeful era in the history of African-Americans; readers will gain a real sense of the influences on the current and future states of race relations in the U.S."--Kirkus Reviews