Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta

Author:   Karen Ferguson
Publisher:   The University of North Carolina Press
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780807853702


Pages:   352
Publication Date:   24 June 2002
Format:   Paperback
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Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta


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When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, Atlanta had the South's largest population of college-educated African Americans. The dictates of Jim Crow meant that these men and women were almost entirely excluded from public life, but as Karen Ferguson demonstrates, Roosevelt's New Deal opened unprecedented opportunities for black Atlantans struggling to achieve full citizenship. Black reformers, often working within federal agencies as social workers and administrators, saw the inclusion of African Americans in New Deal social welfare programs as a chance to prepare black Atlantans to take their rightful place in the political and social mainstream. They also worked to build a constituency they could mobilize for civil rights, in the process facilitating a shift from elite reform to the mass mobilization that marked the postwar black freedom struggle. Although these reformers' efforts were an essential prelude to civil rights activism, Ferguson argues that they also had lasting negative repercussions, embedded as they were in the politics of respectability. By attempting to impose bourgeois behavioral standards on the black community, elite reformers stratified it into those they determined deserving to participate in federal social welfare programs and those they consigned to remain at the margins of civic life. |Ferguson looks at how black reformers in Atlanta used New Deal federal programs to advance their struggle for citizenship--and how they used their authority as agents of the state to impose a bourgeois politics of respectability that effectively stratified the black community.

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Author:   Karen Ferguson
Publisher:   The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint:   The University of North Carolina Press
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.502kg
ISBN:  

9780807853702


ISBN 10:   0807853704
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   24 June 2002
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
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Ferguson does a wonderful job of exploring the many meanings of politics, the importance of community building, and the centrality of race in the urban New South. (Earl Lewis, University of Michigan)


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Karen Ferguson is associate professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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