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Sweet Land of Liberty is Thomas J. Sugrue’s epic account of the abiding quest for racial equality in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South. Sugrue’s panoramic view sweeps from the 1920s to the present–more than eighty of the most decisive years in American history. He uncovers the forgotten stories of battles to open up lunch counters, beaches, and movie theaters in the North; the untold history of struggles against Jim Crow schools in northern towns; the dramatic story of racial conflict in northern cities and suburbs; and the long and tangled histories of integration and black power. Filled with unforgettable characters and riveting incidents, and making use of information and accounts both public and private, such as the writings of obscure African American journalists and the records of civil rights and black power groups, Sweet Land of Liberty creates an indelible history.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812970381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812970388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

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