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Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0807856161 ISBN-10: 0807856169 Edition: New edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Gender and American Culture
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (January 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807856169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807856161
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Ransby's] passionate and demanding book offers a striking, thorough exposition of Baker's expansive, radical, humanist vision. (Chicago Tribune)"

Ensures that all who wish to know about Baker's tireless work can find a detailed account in one volume. (Black Issues Book Review)

Moving and invaluable. (The Nation)

"An] excellent biograph[y] based on extensive research into manuscript collections, personal interviews, and secondary sources. . . . [A] significant biograph[y] of [a] significant wom[an]. . . . Show[s] what strong, dedicated women could do for social change during decades when women weren't supposed to do anything but support their husbands and care for their children. . . . Not only teach[es] us about the past but warn[s] us about a possible future. (Women's Review of Books)"

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An award-winning biography of Ella Baker (1903-1986), one of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement. Baker was a gifted grassroots organizer whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. She was a key figure in the NAACP, a founder of the SCLC, and a prime mover in the creation of SNCC.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Tyson on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ella Baker must be the most underrated figure in U.S. history. There are plenty of Presidents who have done less to shape their own times than Ella Baker. She decisively shaped two of the most important national civil rights organizations--the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference--and was the single most decisive figure in a third--the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Only Martin Luther King Jr. can be considered a rival in importance to the African American freedom movement, and yet most Americans have never even heard of Ella Baker. This exhaustively researched and well written biography should go a long way toward filling that gap.
This is a thoughful, analytical, and well-told story about a uniquely important American political life. It is a work of central importance in United States history and especially the history of the African American freedom movement. It is a cutting edge work of black women's history, too. I plan to buy a stack of them for Christmas presents, and to assign this book to my students for many years to come.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Inbatonrouge on December 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dr. Ransby provides a well-structured and insightful biography of one of the most important, yet least well-known, leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States. This book is strongly recommended for any student of modern U.S. history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Steiner on May 10, 2013
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Barbara Ransby is a brilliant historian, a good writer who bring this important American figure to life. Ransby is one of our most important historians, and Ella Baker unknown to most Americans had profound influence on the 20th century and on the lives of young Civil Rights workers in the 1950's and 60's. Ransby captured it in all its power and nuance.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tc on November 25, 2008
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One would think that it would be easy to make the biography of such an amazing person interesting. As a pleasure read this book is difficult because it is very dry. However, if you are doing research, I would recommend this book because it is full of details.
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