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  • Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (November 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081223894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812238945
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Up South deftly integrates civil rights, black power, and urban history to craft a powerful portrait of black activism in postwar Philadelphia. This brilliant, innovative, and richly researched study deserves the widest possible readership."—Peniel E. Joseph, Journal of American History



"Matthew Countryman has presented us with a real treasure house in his history of Civil Rights and Black Power in the urban North."—Komozi Woodard, author of A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics



"Up South is deeply researched, original, and important. It will be impossible to write about Northern Civil Rights and Black Power without grappling with Countryman's powerful book."—Thomas Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit



"A marvelous book . . . of enormous accomplishment. It challenges historians to rethink the periodization of the civil rights movement and . . . forces us out of the southern success/northern decline framework for understanding movement politics."—Robert O. Self, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography



"Well argued, extremely well documented, and persuasive. . . . An excellent contribution to the study of how local black leaders reshaped civil rights in the postwar urban North."—American Historical Review

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Matthew J. Countryman is Associate Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Whozapuzalooza on May 18, 2011
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I read this book for a grad class about the 1960s. The book was informative about the Civil Rights movement in Philadelphia. Most people think of the South when this era is discussed, but Countryman sheds new light on protests in the urban Philadelphia area. The general criticisms we discussed in class (about this book) were that some of his statistical data seemed slightly (and probably unintentionally) skewed to support his thesis. Also, Countryman makes a point of the important roles women played, yet relegates most women to a smaller chapter mostly involving poverty activism and welfare rights. This was my biggest criticism, if he didn't have enough information on women's involvement, he should have left out that statement about their importance. But having made the claim, Countryman didn't back it up with anything more than a few short examples.
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This book provides significant insight into the lives and relationships of Black leaders, politicians, community activists and just plain folk who were instrumental in bringing about change in Philadelphia during this period. It sheds light on some activities from a different perspective than I had on some people and activities - as I had viewed them during that time. While it is understood that the writer is sharing his thoughts and the perspectives of those he interviewed, it is useful for anyone who lived in Philadelphia to reflect on what is reported to have happened and one's own experiences. It is most helpful if one has the opportunity to speak with any of the individuals identified in the book and get their perspective. A must-read, if you are interested in Black activism in Philadelphia during any period of time.
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