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Civil Rights in New York CityFrom World War II to the Giuliani Era$
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Clarence Taylor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232895

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.001.0001

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Introduction: Civil Rights In New York City

Introduction: Civil Rights In New York City

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(p.1) Introduction: Civil Rights In New York City
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Civil Rights in New York City
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Clarence Taylor

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.003.0001

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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