Freedom Is Not Enough (häftad)
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Freedom Is Not Enough (häftad)

Freedom Is Not Enough

The Opening of the American Workplace

Häftad Engelska, 2008-03-01
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In the 1950s, the exclusion of women and of black and Latino men from higher-paying jobs was so universal as to seem normal to most Americans. Today, diversity in the workforce is a point of pride. How did such a transformation come about? In this bold and groundbreaking work, Nancy MacLean shows how African-American and later Mexican-American civil rights activists and feminists concluded that freedom alone would not suffice: access to jobs at all levels is a requisite of full citizenship. Tracing the struggle to open the American workplace to all, MacLean chronicles the cultural and political advances that have irrevocably changed our nation over the past fifty years. Freedom Is Not Enough reveals the fundamental role jobs play in the struggle for equality. We meet the grassroots activists-rank-and-file workers, community leaders, trade unionists, advocates, lawyers-and their allies in government who fight for fair treatment, as we also witness the conservative forces that assembled to resist their demands. Weaving a powerful and memorable narrative, MacLean demonstrates the life-altering impact of the Civil Rights Act and the movement for economic advancement that it fostered. The struggle for jobs reached far beyond the workplace to transform American culture. MacLean enables us to understand why so many came to see good jobs for all as the measure of full citizenship in a vital democracy. Opening up the workplace, she shows, opened minds and hearts to the genuine inclusion of all Americans for the first time in our nation's history.
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"Superb and provocative... MacLean uses the story of the struggle for workplace equality to consider nothing less than the major political realignments of the past quarter century... This is contemporary history at its best." - Alex Lichtenstein, Chicago Tribune "Impressive. MacLean's decision to focus her history of civil rights on jobs and employment uncovers patterns of change and continuity that have remained largely unseen until now... Freedom Is Not Enough is a major work of scholarship that develops and defends a compelling perspective on one of the most significant transformations in recent U.S. history." - Anthony S. Chen, Journal of American History"

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Nancy MacLean is William H. Chafe Professor of History at Duke University.


List of Illustrations Prologue: Jobs and Belonging Part I: African Americans Shake the Old Order 1. The Rightness of Whiteness 2. The Fight Begins 3. Civil Rights at Work Part II: Others Reposition Themselves 4. Women Challenge "Jane Crow" 5. Are Mexican Americans "Whites" or "People of Color"? 6. Jewish Americans Divide over Justice 7. Conservatives Shift from "Massive Resistance" to "Color-Blindness" Part III: The Challenge of the New Order 8. The Lonesomeness of Pioneering 9. The Struggle for Inclusion since the Reagan Era Epilogue Abbreviations in Notes Notes Acknowledgments Index