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Carry it on

The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972

Susan Youngblood Ashmore (author)

ISBN: 9780820330075

Publication Date: Jul 2008

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

A study of how the local struggle for equality in Alabama fared in the wake of federal laws - the Civil Rights Act, the Economic Opportunity Act, and the Voting Rights Act. It looks at the interactions among local activists, elected officials, and bureaucrats who were involved in or affected by Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) projects.
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This title presents civil rights, economic justice, and the competition for political power after the Voting Rights Act."Carry It On" is an in-depth study of how the local struggle for equality in Alabama fared in the wake of new federal laws - the Civil Rights Act, the Economic Opportunity Act, and the Voting Rights Act. Susan Youngblood Ashmore provides a sharper definition to changes set in motion by the fall of legal segregation. She focuses her detailed story on the Alabama Black Belt and on the local projects funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the federal agency that supported programs in a variety of cities and towns in Alabama. Black Belt activists who used OEO funds understood that the structural underpinnings of poverty were key components of white supremacy, says Ashmore. They were motivated not only to end poverty but also to force local governments to comply with new federal legislation aimed at achieving racial equality on a number of fronts.Ashmore looks closely at the interactions among local activists, elected officials, businesspeople, landowners, bureaucrats, and others who were involved in or affected by OEO projects. "Carry It On" offers a nuanced picture of the OEO, an agency too broadly criticized; a new look at the rise of southern Black Power; and a compelling portrait of local citizens struggling for control over their own lives. Ashmore provides a more complete understanding of how southerners worked to define for themselves how freedom would come during the years shaped by the civil rights movement and the war on poverty.
Illustrations 22 b&w photos, 1 map
Pages 408
Date Published 30 Jul 2008
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Subject/s Black & Asian studies   Poverty & unemployment   Civil rights & citizenship  

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