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Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195382419
ISBN-10: 0195382412
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"In interrogating the fluctuations in local, regional, national, and global race relations during World War II, Fog of War is extraordinarily successful. It brings to the fore a broad cast of new characters, all with divergent stakes in what was still an undetermined racial future. A much needed corrective to common myths of American progress." --Journal of Southern History

"Fog of War is a brilliant collection of essays that makes clear that the standard narrative marching toward the traditional Civil Rights Movement is more complicated, more difficult, and more intensely local and global than previously understood. This volume brings scholarly rigor, clarity, and insight to African Americans' struggle for equality and is a welcome addition to the canon." --Carol Anderson, author of Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955

"This fascinating collection of essays illuminates the American war effort as well as the struggle for Civil Rights. Like all good history it probes conventional wisdom and stimulates new questions." --David Reynolds, author of America, Empire of Liberty: A New History

"An intriguing and provocative collection of new perspectives on the impact of World War II on race relations in America." --William H. Chafe, Duke University

"[This volume] is sure to change the trajectory of the civil rights historiography during and after World War II. ... [T]his study is apt at revealing the complexities of social struggles during and after times of war, and inspiring new questions about our nation's struggle for racial equality." --International Social Science Review

About the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University and the author of
Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195382412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195382419
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,766,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on February 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
I think the aforementioned reviewer may be misguided in believing the book was written by one author. The book is, in fact, a collection of several essays that offers a unique perspective on the evolution of the Civil Rights movement during WWII.

The book is quick, well organized and offers a fantastic perspective on the impact and legacy of World War II on the Civil Rights movement. I would highly recommend this book to anybody interested in the Civil Rights movement or American history in general.

I found Jason Ward's essay on the re-entrenchment of Southern Conservatism in congress and the Southern defense of Jim Crow to be very interesting. I also enjoyed Stephen Tuck's essay on popular culture as a forum and battleground for the civil rights debate.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Loper on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Interesting points but the overall book is poorly written and what I call choppy. Hard to follow at times. I think the author was trying to write something and had his opinions , but really couldn't express it in a clear way. I don't recommend this book..
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