All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn (Paperback)

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All Eyes Are Upon Us explores the history of racial struggles in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York from World War II to the present.

The Northeast has long basked in its reputation as the home of abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South. But its cities have also stood as strongholds of segregation and racism. At times, this region witnessed bold experiments in interracial democracy: the schools of Springfield, Massachusetts, attempted to abolish racial and religious prejudice; white fans in Brooklyn embraced Jackie Robinson; voters repeatedly supported black candidates, including Senator Edward Brooke in Massachusetts and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn.

Yet during these same moments, an opposing narrative unfolded -- one highlighted by worsening black poverty, hardening patterns of segregation, and exploding incidents of racial violence. All Eyes Are Upon Us probes the conflict between these two warring traditions.

About the Author


Jason Sokol is associate professor of history at University of New Hampshire and author of There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights. http: //www.jasonsokol.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9781625342867
ISBN-10: 1625342861
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: April 29th, 2017
Pages: 385
Language: English