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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393082852
ISBN-10: 0393082857
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Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the march that occasioned it were about not only racial harmony but also the freedom that comes with equal rights and economic opportunity, in other words, jobs. Jones examines the historic 1963 March on Washington from the perspective of its focus on jobs. He zeros in on labor leader A. Philip Randolph, who advocated for an increase in the minimum wage, extension of minimum wage law to agricultural and other workers left out of the federal law, and programs to train workers for well-paying jobs. Randolph’s life reflected the complex evolution of the labor movement in the U.S., the influence of socialism, and the racism within the unions that kept out black workers. By refocusing on the jobs agenda of the march, Jones notes that it was relatively easier to allow blacks to have access to seats on buses and at lunch counters than to provide them with access to jobs at the restaurants and bus companies. This is an important look at the true significance of the March on Washington. --Vanessa Bush

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William P. Jones's indispensable new book highlights the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, and other forceful social democrats, liberals, and trade unionists, and rediscovers the inextricable links between the civil rights movement and the cause of economic justice. --Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy

A masterful history. . . . Will Jones's deeply satisfying book makes the history of the march whole and demonstrates the depth of change its participants embraced. --Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie

Vivid and moving. --Bill Marvel

Finally we have the definitive history of the 1963 March on Washington. --Judith Stein, author of Pivotal Decade"

William P. Jones s indispensable new book highlights the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, and other forceful social democrats, liberals, and trade unionists, and rediscovers the inextricable links between the civil rights movement and the cause of economic justice. --Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy"

Jones gets past the heroic myths and provides us with the history we need not just to celebrate the march but to understand it. This is the single best book on that historic event to date. --Eric Arnesen, The George Washington University"

A magnificent work of historical reconstruction. . . . Jones provides a rich, robust understanding of the meaning of the march. --Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road"

A masterful history. . . . Will Jones s deeply satisfying book makes the history of the march whole and demonstrates the depth of change its participants embraced. --Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie"

One of the great moments in American history becomes fresh again. Peeling away layers of myth, Jones shows the deep roots of the march in a tradition of African-American labor struggle. --Joshua Freeman, author of American Empire"

Jones thoroughly recovers the radical reality of the events leading up to the march, as well as the march itself. --Moshe Z. Marvit"

Vivid and moving. --Bill Marvel"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393082857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393082852
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This month, August, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington of August 28, 1963, a watershed in the struggle for civil rights. Many cities will commemorate the March, which drew over 250,000 participants, including Washington, D.C. where the March took place. The March is best remembered for Martin Luther King's concluding "I Have a Dream" speech, which offered a vision of hope for brotherhood and peace in an interracial United States. There is much more to the March and its history that Dr. King's speech, deservedly famous as it is. Released to commemorate the 50th anniversary, William P. Jones' book, "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights" (2013) studies the March and its history beyond a focus on the "I Have a Dream Speech". In so doing, it helps bring a new understanding to the speech, as well as increasing readers' understanding of the civil rights movement in many other ways. Jones,professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a specialist in civil rights and labor history. His book shows how civil rights workers and unionists combined to make the March on Washington.

A. Phillip Randolph (1889 -- 1979) more than Dr. King, is the leading character in Jones' study. Randolph was the director of what became the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom. The 1963 March was not the first such even Randolph had planned. In 1941, the United States mobilized for the war effort. Randolph, already an established union leader and activist, became concerned that African American workers would not benefit from the economic growth resulting from the war due to pervasive employment discrimination.
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This is most surely not the definitive history of the l963 March on Washington. It is poorly researched --the author admitting to not having looked through the Bayard Rustin papers (Rustin was the organizer of the March) and not conducting any interviews with living March leaders or staff. Instead he pulls theories out of his thumb and creates scenarios to fit them. His one contribution: black trade unions and the trade union movement played a large role in making the March a success.
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Arriving on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of this seminal event in US history, Jones illuminates the decades history that served as the basis for this powerful event. He takes us way beyond the King speech into the critical players, their radicalism and the full agenda of this 1963 protest march and rally. A scholarly work that is assessable for those trying to make a difference today. Clearly the March issues remain unresolved.
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Valuable reading to put the March of 1963 in contact. I was at that March, and proud to have been there. This book gives context on its origins, the other themes about jobs and economic opportunity that were so important to the organizers, about which I knew little. Does a fine job showing how constrained the black community was by the political conservatism of the country on race issues and economic issues both. I wish the author were more analytic, interpretative. Much of it consists of references to meeting notes, letters, etc. This is great in building a strong narrative and time line and relationships, thus solid history. It lacks the incisive interpretation that makes great history. Worth a read if you are interested in the issues
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An informative book. I never knew the movement started so many years before the 1963 march. I never knew who were the movers and shakers. I never knew MLK was such a latecomer. Like other folks, his was the only speech I heard and suspected this was what the movement was about. I learned a lot reading this book and congratulate the author for tackling such a momentous work. I'm sure there was so much more he could have added but the book stuck to it's narrow focus, yet the time frame was quite wide. I was reading about James Madison and the Making of America at the same time; WOW, what an interesting pair to read at once.
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