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Acknowledgments Introduction 1 To Be a Good American: The New York City Teachers Union and Race during the Second World War Clarence Taylor 2 Cops, Schools, and Communism: Local Politics and Global Ideologiess--New York City in the 1950s Barbara Ransby 3 'Taxation without Sanitation Is Tyranny': Civil Rights Struggles over Garbage Collection in Brooklyn, New York, during the Fall of 1962 Brian Purnell 4 Rochdale Village and the Rise and Fall of Integrated Housing in New York City Peter Eisenstadt 5 Conservative and Liberal Opposition to the New York City School-Integration Campaign Clarence Taylor 6 The Dead End of Despair: Bayard Rustin, the 1968 New York School Crisis, and the Struggle for Racial Justice Daniel Perlstein 7 The Young Lords and the Social and Structural Roots of Late Sixties Urban Radicalism Johanna Fernandez 8 'Brooklyn College Belongs to Us': Black Students and the Transformation of Public Higher Education in New York City Martha Biondi 9 Racial Events, Diplomacy, and Dinkins's Image Wilbur C. Rich 10 'One City, One Standard': The Struggle for Equality in Rudolph Giuliani's New York Jerald Podair Notes List of Contributors Index

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Since the 1960s, most U.S. History has been written as if the civil rights movement were primarily or entirely a Southern history. This book joins a growing body of scholarship that demonstrates the importance of the Northern movement.

About the Author

Clarence Taylor is Professor of History and Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College and Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His book Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Academic Freedom, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.


Clarence Taylor long has been recognized as the most important historian of this nation's most important city: New York. Now he has assembled a veritable Dream Team of scholars who contribute their own unique expertise in shedding light on how and why Gotham engaged the critically profound question of Civil Rights in the way it did. This book, as a consequence, is a monumental contribution to the history ofCivil Rights, African-American History, Urban History, Latino History and--most of all--the history of New York City.-Gerald Horne I've been waiting for such a book for years. Anyone interested in postwar New York or the modern civil rights movement needs to read this book. The history of the black freedom struggle looks much different when we widen our gaze from the Cradle of the Confederacy to the home of Ellis Island.-Jeanne Theoharis Several monographs on [this subject] have been written, but none rival this one in terms of breadth or depth.-Peter B. Levy "Attempts to provide some balance through 10 academic essays that cast light on struggles between blacks and organized labor, civil rights and the cold war, discrimination that extended even to garbage collection, and the competing visions of Mayors David N. Dinkins and Rudolph W. Giuliani."-Sam Roberts, New York Times A sober, practical, and serious-minded collection, highly recommended.- The Midwest Book Review

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