Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement: Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights from the 1930s to the 1980s

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Price
$27.95
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
Pages
328
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781469648675

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About the Author

Traci Parker is assistant professor of Afro-American studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Reviews

Sheds light on the intricacies and impacts of African Americans' attempts to be afforded the right to work and shop at established stores. Wonderfully detailed.--Library Journal


Parker draws on government, social movement, and private sector documents along with periodicals and oral histories to show African Americans in a dozen northern and southern cities subverting 'this ambiguous and contradictory space' of retail.--Choice


The historiographical debate surrounding the periodization and economic dimensions of the Black Freedom Movement is both well worn and unsettled. . . . Tracy Parker skillfully and importantly expands the scope of this debate.--North Carolina Historical Review


Parker succeeds in bringing the department store as a significant political and cultural space into larger ways of understanding black subjectivity and citizenship. . . . Thanks to Parker, department stores will never again be passing references--mere scenery--for the larger historical drama of the modern Black Freedom Movement. . . . They have become places in which to see the main show.--Journal of African American History