Mixing aspects of social, political, and institutional history, authors Athan and Jeanne Theoharis survey the quest for equal rights and social justice in the last half-century. This text shows how individuals have sought to affect civil rights and liberties at the grassroots level, and how government has reacted to these individuals' attempts to affect change. In particular, the authors discuss the problematic status of civil liberties, civil rights, and civil dissent during the Cold War eraproviding a vital, critical insight into post-1945 politics. This volume is part of the AMERICA SINCE 1945 seriesa collection of brief texts that seek to define the ways in which the United States has changed in the last 50 years.
Looking at civil rights and civil liberties at the same time, Jeanne (Cit U. of New York-Brooklyn College) and Athan (Marquette U.) explain that the civil rights movement was not just a southern phenomenon; encompassed other people of color and women of all races as well as African Americans; and addressed issues as varied as voting rights, union organizing, bilingual education, and garbage pickup. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)