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Introduction: Civil Rights In New York City

Clarence Taylor

in Civil Rights in New York City

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823232895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.003.0001
Introduction: Civil Rights In New York City

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Since the 1960s, most U.S. history has been written as if the civil rights movement were primarily or entirely a southern history. Northern blacks lived as second-class citizens, unencumbered by the most blatant of southern-style Jim Crow laws but still trapped in an economic, political, and legal regime that seldom recognized them as equals. Northern activists mounted campaigns to confront racial discrimination. “Throughout the twentieth century, black and white activists (and occasionally Latino and Asian allies, who were a miniscule segment of the region's population until recently) rose to challenge racial inequality in the North.” For many years now historians have been attempting to correct this view.

Keywords: civil rights; New York City; racial discrimination; racial inequality; Northern blacks

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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