The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee❰Reading❯ ➺ The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee Author Patrick D. Jones – Between 1958 and 1970 a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from uniue circumstances in Milwaukee A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns a Between of the PDF/EPUB ✓ and a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from uniue circumstances in Milwaukee A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns against employment and housing discrimination segregated public schools the membership of public officials in discriminatory organizations welfare cuts and police brutality The The Selma ePUB ½ Milwaukee movement culminated in the dramatic—and sometimes violent— open housing campaign A white Catholic priest James Selma of the North: Civil PDF/EPUB ² Groppi led the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos in a militant struggle that lasted for consecutive nights and provoked the ire of thousands of white residents After working class mobs attacked demonstrators some called Milwaukee “the Selma of the eBook ☆ Selma of the North” Others believed the housing campaign represented the last stand for a nonviolent interracial church based movement Patrick Jones tells a powerful and dramatic story that is important for its insights into civil rights history the debate over nonviolence and armed self defense the meaning of Black Power the relationship Selma of the North: Civil PDF/EPUB ² between local and national movements and the dynamic between southern and northern activism Jones offers a valuable contribution to movement history in the urban North that also adds a vital piece to the national story .


The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in
  • Hardcover
  • 318 pages
  • The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee
  • Patrick D. Jones
  • English
  • 07 January 2016
  • 9780674031357

10 thoughts on “The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

  1. says:

    Very important book on a largely forgotten but very important battleground of the Civil Rights Movement Part of the importance is that this joins books by Thomas Sugrue and Arnold Hirsch on the short list of excellent studies of the Movement in the North As Jones demonstrates Milwaukee was typical of the north in the issues that sparked the black community and white supporters to action police brutality housing discrimination school segregation the membership of prominent white politicians in racially exclusive organizations At the same time The Selma of the North makes it clear that Milwaukee was in some crucial ways very atypically particularly after the emergence of Father James Groppi as a central figure in the mid 1960s Working in concert with the NAACP Youth Council which separated from the parent organization fairly early on and the Commandos Groppi helped shape a movement that was church based interracial not violent as opposed to non violent and very militant Together these elements made Milwaukee a fascinating variation on both the Civil Rights and Black Power stories one that rejects the all too freuent attitude the CR and BP were antagonistic and mutually exclusive In addition Jones properly emphasizes the reality of massive resistance the intense and extreme white opposition to addressing racial problems in a meaningful way In Milwaukee the obvious manifestation was the thousands of working class whites who met the marchers crossing the 16th Street Bridge But it's eually important to pay close attention to the maneuvers of liberal Democratic mayor Henry Maier whose rhetoric masked the fact that he did absolutely nothing to address issues in meaningful ways Ultimately the story Jones tells is a tragedy in that almost none of the issues the Milwaukee movement confronted have changed The schools are still segregated; housing's still segregated; the economy's a disaster; and incarceration is a controlling reality in everyday life

  2. says:

    Early in this books Professor Jones notes that the civil rights movement in northern cities was lost amid the struggles in the Southern US This book successfully documents that struggle in Milwaukee Wisconsin In his well researched project Jones focuses on the duality of the Catholic Church in the struggle Many priests notably Father Groppi and young parishoners came out militantly for racial euality with Father Groppi bringing to Milwaukee ideas and tactics he'd learned on trips to the South But for many Catholic churches whose members were working class first or second generation Americans demands for euality increased fears over competition for jobs and falling property values as neighborhoods integrated The unfortunate conclusion for me is that so much of what happened 50 years ago is still being fought today

  3. says:

    I still want very much to read this book but the print is so small and the lines of print are extremely suished together on every pageI'll put it in my to read category for now until I can schedule cataract surgery

  4. says:

    A flawed but very helpful survey of the civil rights era in my home city Milwaukee

  5. says:

    A really wonderful richly written history of the civil rights struggle in Milwaukee Although much of the book describes the role Father James Groppi played in organizing African American youth in various campaigns the book never seems like a story about “great men” Jones does a great job setting the stage to show the local and contingent conditions that allowed someone like Groppi to emerge He also shows how local conditions affected the degree of impact the insurgents' activities could have

  6. says:

    This book has given me a better understanding of the civil rights struggle in Milwaukee and how those efforts in the past have contributed to the current state of discrimination and segregation that still exists in the city of Milwaukee Growing up in Milwaukee makes this book especially interesting and inspires me to stay along my path of community and youth development knowing how hard people before us worked for civla rights Milwaukee remains the most segregated city in the country

  7. says:

    Clear thoughtful and thorough presentation of the civil rights movement in Milwaukee from the time of the Eagles Club protest marches through the years after Father Groppi's influence faded and the Commandos were reborn as a government backed institution

  8. says:

    Highlights the Civil Rights movement in Milwaukee including the Black Power movement Sheds much light on the current state of race relations in the city

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