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The Retreats of ReconstructionRace, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920$
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David E. Goldberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823272716

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823272716.001.0001

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The Retreats of Reconstruction

David E. Goldberg

Fordham University Press

This chapter briefly details the post-1920 northern freedom struggle at the Jersey Shore. Despite continued efforts by grassroots black activists to press for integration, the black merchant class exploited the gradual decline of white entertainment spaces and the growing appeal of black consumer culture to lure in white customers and to downplay direct civil rights action. Rather than the typical “long march to freedom” promoted in many oft-told accounts, this chapter argues that the promise of consumption and the accompanying culture of growth spurred the region’s long retreat from earlier civil rights victories.

Keywords:   consumption, de facto segregation, labor, Reconstruction, segregation, separate but equal

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