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The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920

David E. Goldberg


This study examines how the history of de facto segregation at the New Jersey shore—as both a policy and an idea—was connected to competing ideas about the rights of consumers and the economic and environmental health of consumer districts. Weaving together histories of race, leisure, and consumption, this book argues that the various consumer ideologies that emerged in battles over segregation proved every bit as powerful in limiting the scope of civil rights activism as free labor ideology and white supremacy did. While African Americans used the claim of consumer rights and public health to ... More

Keywords: civil rights, consumption, Jersey Shore, leisure, race, reconstruction, segregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823272716
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823272716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. Goldberg, author
Drury University