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The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America

지은이 : Philip A. Klinkner & Rogers M. Smith
출판사 : University Of Chicago Press
페이지수 : 426
ISBN : 0226443418
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Winner of the Horace Mann Bond Award of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.
American life is filled with talk of progress and equality, especially when the issue is that of race. But has the history of race in America really been the continuous march toward equality we'd like to imagine it has? This sweeping history of race in America argues quite the opposite: that progress toward equality has been sporadic, isolated, and surrounded by long periods of stagnation and retrenchment.
Philip A. Klinkner is an associate professor of government at Hamilton College.

Rogers M. Smith is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Unsteady March One: "Bolted with the Lock of a Hundred Keys" The Era of Slavery, 1619-1860 Two: "Thenceforward, and Forever Free" The Civil War, 1860-1865 Three: "The Negro Has Got as Much as He Ought to Have" Reconstruction and the Second Retreat, 1865-1908 Four: "The Color Line" Jim Crow America, 1908-1938 Five: "Deutschland and Dixieland" Antifascism and the Emergence of Civil Rights, 1938-1941 Six: "Double V: Victory Abroad, Victory at Home" World War II Seven: "Hearts and Minds" The Cold War and Civil Rights, 1946-1954 Eight: "There Comes a Time" The Civil Rights Revolution, 1954-1968 Nine: "Benign Neglect?" Post-Civil Rights America, 1968-1998 Conclusion: Shall We Overcome? Notes Index

"[An] unflinching portrait of the leviathan of American race relations.... This important book should be read by all who aspire to create a more perfect union." - Publishers Weekly, starred review; "Could it be that our unswerving belief in the power of our core values to produce racial equality is nothing but a comforting myth? That is the main argument put forth by Philip Klinkner and Rogers Smith... The Unsteady March is disturbing because it calls into question our cherished national belief and does so convincingly.... [It] is beautifully written, and the social history it provides is illuminating and penetrating." - Aldon Morris, American Journal of Sociology
"I believe a measure of a great Historical work is one that acts as a catalyst for further inquiry. As I read "The Unsteady March" I noted other topical areas discussed which would keep me reading for several months.

This is not a dry textbook it is eminently readable. I am not suggesting this is a light read. I am saying the Authors did a remarkable job of conveying History, together with their own thesis, to create a book that should find a wide audience.

The book goes well beyond the primary premise that the progression of Civil Rights only occurs when the need for non-white assistance is needed, and for varying period of times thereafter. Examples would include the larger military conflicts this country has experienced.

What impressed me was that documentary sources were provided for the positions that the Authors espoused. There are nearly 60 pages of notes, which attest to the meticulous nature of their research.

The subject of Race is extremely complex, and unlike other works this book does not offer up stillborn utopian solutions. The reader is given a detailed walk through the history of the issue, often accompanied by riveting quotes from historical figures that will surprise, and often shock.

Another feature I found extremely useful were the occasional use of surveys that the Authors used sparingly but very effectively. The book also managed to utilize important statistical information without the obvious distortions that frequently contaminate such figures.

In the final section entitled "Shall We Overcome" the book is brought to a well thought out and organized review. This is then combined with an examination of current racial climates and suggestions on what actions may help to improve these continued disparities among the Races. However the suggestions are offered, reasoned, and justified, not pompously hurled down, from an ivory or otherwise constructed tower.

This is an extremely accessible book, that will serve as a reference work for me, and as mentioned, a catalyst for further reading.

Extremely well done, highly recommended. "

"This survey of the rise and decline of racial inequality in America argues that progress in racial equality has occurred only in conjunction with large-scale wars. The Unsteady March redefines civil rights events and issues, examining the historical foundations which have made racial progress possible. An unsettling survey of some hitherto-undisclosed influences on racial equality's progress. "

"About six months ago, Klinkner's book fell into my lap having been dropped off by my brother who knew me to be an avid reader. My initial thought was that this book was another attempt to recycle the old liberal ideas of the 60's. Liberalism, for all intents and purposes, has been discredited, relegated to the scrap heap of forgotten history-along with the Edsel, leisure suits, 8 tracks and E.S.T. Later that evening, I sat down to read the introduction. After completing the introduction, I wanted to call my brother to thank him for delivering such a find. It is imperative to read the introduction before tackling the main body of the book. Also, try not to read the book too quickly, it is better digested in small pieces. As a historical document, there is no more scholarly or analytical a treatise out there. It stablizes the argument in favor of reconsidering the issues surrounding the way we--as a country--have in the past and present continue to treat the progeny of former slaves. The issue is not reparations for the effects of slavery, but rather the institutional structures in place that perpetuate the superior/inferior relationship between Americans separated by the color of their skin. In short, if we could eliminate the current effects that became ingrained during the 300 or so years of slavery, we would gladly forego any compensation we may be arguably entitled to. This book is a must read for anyone grappling with the issues of equality-or inequality--in it's present transmuted form. "

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