The Selma of the North

The Selma of the North

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

Between 1958 and 1970, a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from unique circumstances in Milwaukee. A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns against employment and housing discrimination, segregated public schools, the membership of public officials in discriminatory organizations, welfare cuts, and police brutality. The Milwaukee movement culminated in the dramaticAceqand sometimes violentAceq1967 open housing campaign. A white Catholic priest, James Groppi, led the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos in a militant struggle that lasted for 200 consecutive nights and provoked the ire of thousands of white residents. After working-class mobs attacked demonstrators, some called Milwaukee Aceoethe Selma of the North.Ace Others believed the housing campaign represented the last stand for a nonviolent, interracial, church-based movement. Patrick Jones tells a powerful and dramatic story that is important for its insights into civil rights history: the debate over nonviolence and armed self-defense, the meaning of Black Power, the relationship between local and national movements, and the dynamic between southern and northern activism. Jones offers a valuable contribution to movement history in the urban North that also adds a vital piece to the national story.Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee Patrick D. Jones ... When the protesters left Waukesha County, Dequardo told Father Groppi, aquot;Give a#39;em hell Father, aquot; while his white partner raised his fist in salute. ... One tavern owner closed up instead of allowing marchers to seek shelter from sub-50Ad temperatures and a driving rain.

Title:The Selma of the North
Author:Patrick D. Jones
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2009


You Must CONTINUE and create a free account to access unlimited downloads & streaming