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by Todd E Robinson

ePub A City within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan download
Author:
Todd E Robinson
ISBN13:
978-1439909225
ISBN:
1439909229
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Publisher:
Temple University Press (December 14, 2012)
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Subcategory:
Americas
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1367 kb
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1722 kb
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A City Within A City" is an important work and a must read for anyone .

A City Within A City" is an important work and a must read for anyone interested in civil rights and urban history in the . As a. resident of the state of Michigan "A City Within A City" effectively demonstrates how the state's 2nd largest city developed in terms of race relations following WWII. However, I think the importance of this book is essential for any.

Historian Todd Robinson studies the issues surrounding school integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism to detail the diversity of black resistance. He focuses on respectability within the African American community as a way of understanding how the movement was formed and held together. And he elucidates the oppositional role of northern conservatives regarding racial progress.

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Need I say more? This book is spot on and will help many undertand what's really happening and has been going on since the 1920's beneath the surface. He will also define and help us understand how he came up with the phrase he has coined "managerial racism. The efforts to dismantle.

If you want to get a copy for yourself so you can follow along with us as we go chapter-by-chapter through the book, you have a little time.

Robinson next describes how the black community organized to overcome this and other barriers.

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'A City Within a City' is a case study of the civil rights era as it happened in smaller cities, focusing specifically on the struggles involving school integration and bureaucratic reforms in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The efforts to dismantle structures of racial inequality had a very different flavour in smaller northern cities than they did in other parts of the north, and Robinson's book adds a new dimension to our understanding of how the civil rights movement operated in a part of the country that has only recently become an object of focus among historians.
  • I'm an African American male who graduated from South High School in 1962. I attended Sheldon Elementary School, and Grand Rapids Junior College. At every level of my education, blacks were in the minority; and whites were always given preferential treatment in Grand Rapids public schools. I immigrated to Houston, Texas in 1964 to attend Texas Southern University. There, I learned that a black majority school is completely capable of providing quality education; and, providing it with love and caring while instilling pride and solidarity with a black community.
    Reading this book reminded me of how cold and alienated I always felt in Grand Rapids, not only due to the northern climate.

  • Being someone who was raised and living in Grand Rapids, it was great to hear the works of great local African Americal leaders. The book does a great job of celebrating them and their steadfastness. The book also hits the nail on the head concerning the African American community and the Caucasian community in general. There is always a remnant of good people, regardless of race.

  • Interesting study of racism in a Midwest city and how invisible it is to the white population.

  • Good review of events that I lived through. Some overgeneralizations, but generally right on the money! It provides a viewpoint that we need to hear.

  • Very eye opening. It helped me understand some of what was going on while I grew up in G.R. A must read for anyone trying to clear themselves of bias.

  • Very good analysis of the black experience in Grand Rapids, especially in contrast to other urban areas. Valuable as a scholarly work, but definitely not a "page turner."

  • "A City Within A City" is an important work and a must read for anyone interested in civil rights and urban history in the U.S. As a high school teacher I have often felt that not enough attention has been paid to the experience of African Americans and other minority communities living in secondary industrial cities across the U.S. As a resident of the state of Michigan "A City Within A City" effectively demonstrates how the state's 2nd largest city developed in terms of race relations following WWII. However, I think the importance of this book is essential for any reader regardless of where you reside.

    Dr. Robinson has brought together a tremendous amount of research and compiled a highly readable work. Most significantly the book adds detail to concept of de facto segregation as it was born out in a secondary Great Lakes city that has historically been controlled by conservative political and business interests. Equally Dr. Robinson concentrates on individuals within the Grand Rapids African American community who sought to promote equality in the face of incredibly challenging circumstances.