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What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)

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ISBN-13: 978-0691138367
ISBN-10: 0691138362
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Harvard scholars Skocpol, Liazos and Ganz have turned what was meant to be a conference presentation into a valuable text that "assembles the best picture to date of the rich history of African-American fraternal federations," unveiling how groups such as the Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the dynamic Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, gave black Americans a larger, more structured presence in U.S. civil society. Set against the larger struggle to establish black freedom and identity from the late 19th century through the 1960s, the authors show how these little-considered organizations not only "fostered mutual aid among members," but were instrumental in bridging African-American concerns across states and spurring change on a national level through direct community action. The same activists in these fraternal groups would eventually take their skills and ideas to the NAACP, where they fought to de-segregate schools. Heavily researched and illuminating throughout, this unique study is not necessarily a book for the masses, but for those, mostly in academia, interested in examining a little-considered dimension in the complex history of the civil rights movement, and our civil society as a whole.
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Co-Winner of the 2007 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, Race, Gender, and Class Sectionof the American Sociological Association

"Heavily researched and illuminating throughout, this unique study is not necessarily a book for the masses, but for those, mostly in academia, interested in examining a little-considered dimension in the complex history of the civil rights movement, and out civil society as a whole."--Publishers Weekly

"This excellent, very readable, scholarly book fills many gaps in understanding the African American community."--Choice
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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691138362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691138367
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Fahey on June 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly researched and thoughtfully argued. Political science perspective. As somebody who has written about African American fraternal societies, I am impressed. And envious that I had not thought to search Ebay for rare black lodge materials as did Theda Skocpol and her associates.
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Excellent fraternal book of information. A must have for all interested in the history and accomplishments of many black fraternal organizations
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