The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920 by David E. GoldbergThe Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920 by David E. Goldberg

The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey…

byDavid E. Goldberg

Paperback | November 1, 2016

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Beginning in the 1880s, the economic realities and class dynamics of popular northern resort towns unsettled prevailing assumptions about political economy and threatened segregationist practices. Exploiting early class divisions, black working-class activists staged a series of successful protests that helped make northern leisure spaces a critical battleground in a larger debate about racial equality. While some scholars emphasize the triumph of black consumer activism with defeating segregation, Goldberg argues that the various consumer ideologies that first surfaced in northern leisure spaces during the Reconstruction era contained desegregation efforts and prolonged Jim Crow.Combining intellectual, social, and cultural history, The Retreats of Reconstruction examines how these decisions helped popularize the doctrine of "separate but equal" and explains why the politics of consumption is critical to understanding the "long civil rights movement."
David E. Goldberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and winner of the 2014 Alfred E. Driscoll award for Best Dissertation. He is a civil rights historian focused on race, consumerism, and the environment in the Jim Crow North.
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Title:The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey…Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823272729

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"Breaking away from the usual debates concerning post-Civil War America, David E. Goldberg explores race relations on the Jersey Shore in ways that should attract the attention not only of scholars of segregation but also of consumerism, leisure, and African American life in the North. There are good stories here ranging from the founding of Asbury Park to the lives of African American waiters as well as challenging ideas that stretch beyond the old narratives concerning the rise of Jim Crow in Northern states."