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Prophets of rage : the Black freedom struggle in San Francisco, 1945-1969
Crowe, Daniel Edward, 1971-
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New York : Garland Pub., 2000.
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xiii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Migration -- Crisis -- Organization -- Liberalism -- Revolution -- Liberation.
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Central Library F869.S39 N428 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Crowe believes that San Francisco and Oakland were no different than other northern cities in the postwar urban crisis. Blacks who settled in the Bay area during World War II faced serious losses in socioeconomic status, housing, education, and positive police relations. After the war blacks lost their jobs and union memberships, inexpensive housing, and technological education. Moderates in the NAACP obtained state Fair Employment Practices Committee and Fair Housing laws, but the legalistic approach did not solve the economic crisis. The Office of Economic Opportunity failed to achieve quick results, and the poor demanded control as "maximum feasible participation." As the OEO declined, the Black Panthers rose to confront the police and to preach revolution and, although they addressed the basic issues, the Panthers remained confrontational. Ultimately police suppression and sexism within the Panther organization lead to its decline. Most blacks in the Bay area remained integrationist and nonviolent, but the Panthers did give blacks a sense of racial pride and a stronger determination to demand better treatment. They helped elect Ron Dellums to Congress, but their violent actions and rhetoric also helped elect conservatives who attacked programs for the poor. Similar to Thomas Sugrue's The Origins of the Urban Crisis (CH, Jun'97), this title is appropriate for all levels. L. H. Grothaus; emeritus, Concordia University

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