Power to the poor : Black-Brown coalition and the fight for economic justice, 1960-1974
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-339) and index.
- The "Rediscovery" of Poverty
- First Experiments
- War, Power, and the New Politics
- Poverty, Peace, and King's Challenge
- Race and Resurrection City
- Multiracial Efforts, Intra-racial Gains
- The Limits of Coalition
- Making the 1970s
- Epilogue: Poverty, Coalition, and Identity Politics.
- Publisher's Summary
- The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 has long been overshadowed by the assassination of its architect, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the political turmoil of that year. In a major reinterpretation of civil rights and Chicano movement history, Gordon K. Mantler demonstrates how King's unfinished crusade became the era's most high-profile attempt at multiracial collaboration and sheds light on the interdependent relationship between racial identity and political coalition among African Americans and Mexican Americans. Mantler argues that while the fight against poverty held great potential for black-brown cooperation, such efforts also exposed the complex dynamics between the nation's two largest minority groups. Drawing on oral histories, archives, periodicals, and FBI surveillance files, Mantler paints a rich portrait of the campaign and the larger anti-poverty work from which it emerged, including the labour activism of Cesar Chavez, opposition of Black and Chicano Power to state violence in Chicago and Denver, and advocacy for Mexican American land-grant rights in New Mexico. Ultimately, Mantler challenges readers to rethink the multiracial history of the long civil rights movement and the difficulty of sustaining political coalitions.
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- African Americans > Economic conditions > 20th century.
- Hispanic Americans > Economic conditions > 20th century.
- Coalitions > United States > History > 20th century.
- Poverty > Political aspects > United States > History > 20th century.
- Social movements > United States > History > 20th century.
- Social justice > United States > History > 20th century.
- Political activists > United States > Biography.
- Ethnicity > Political aspects > United States > History > 20th century.
- United States > Economic conditions > 1961-1971.
- United States > Race relations > History > 20th century.
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- Gordon K. Mantler.
- Justice, power, and politics