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SOUTH OF THE SOUTH / JEWISH ACTIVISTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN MIAMI, 1945-1960 / SOUTHERN DISSENT SERIES

Mohl, Raymond A. / with Graff, Matilda "Bobbi" and Zoloth, Shirley M.

ISBN 10: 0813026938 / ISBN 13: 9780813026930
Verlag: University Press of Florida, Gainsville, FL, 2004
Zustand: Near Fine Hardcover
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C.2004. First edition. Hardcover, bound in orange boards with orange cloth spine. Review copy, with book review flyer laid in. Southern Dissent series. Several b/w photos. Indexed. 263 pages. Minor crease to first couple of prelims, else clean and tight, near Fine. In a near Fine colorful dustjacket. "A must read for anyone interested in the history of civil rights", the roles of Jews in the movement, and the interaction of Blacks and Jews, the role of hate groups etc. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 010524

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Titel: SOUTH OF THE SOUTH / JEWISH ACTIVISTS AND ...

Verlag: University Press of Florida, Gainsville, FL

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

Einband: Hard Cover

Zustand: Near Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine

Auflage: First Edition.

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Using unusual and revealing primary materials from the careers of two remarkable Jewish women, Raymond Mohl offers an interpretation of the role of Jewish civil rights activists in promoting racial change in post-World War II Miami. He sees grassroots action as the engine that drove racial change.

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"A must-read for anyone interested in the history of civil rights, the roles and varied motivations of southern Jews in the movement, the interaction of blacks and Jews, the role of hate-groups and the anti-communist hysteria in silencing or harassing the forces of positive change, and the specific place of Miami, Miami Beach, and Florida in the struggle. Raymond Mohl's writing style is dynamic and fully accessible for the lay as well as scholarly audience that I expect this work will attract."--Mark K. Bauman, Atlanta Metropolitan College

Using unusual and revealing primary materials from the careers of two remarkable Jewish women, Raymond Mohl offers an original interpretation of the role of Jewish civil rights activists in promoting racial change in post-World War II Miami.
 

He describes the city's political climate after the war as characterized by segregation, aggressive anti-Semitism, and a powerful strain of cold war McCarthyism. In this hostile environment the dynamic leadership of two northern newcomers, Matilda "Bobbi" Graff and Shirley M. Zoloth, played a critical role in the city's campaign for racial reform. Working with the Miami chapter of the Civil Rights Congress, established in 1948, Graff was instrumental in the organization's stand against the Ku Klux Klan, its protests against lynchings and police brutality, and its work with Florida's black civil rights leaders such as Harry T. Moore. With the Miami Congress of Racial Equality, Zoloth helped to launch a lunch counter sit-in campaign (a year before the more famous student sit-ins of 1960) that ultimately resulted in the desegregation of downtown public accommodations.
 

This analysis of the movement between 1945 and 1960 substantiates a new but now dominant interpretation of civil rights history that sees grassroots action as the powerful engine that drove racial change. It emphasizes the major role played by women in the cause and documents the variety of civil rights experiences of Jews who migrated to Miami in large numbers during the mid-century decades. Committed to social justice, they built activist organizations, challenged segregationists and anti-Semites, and worked with black activists to break down Jim Crow barriers.

Original documents written by both women, including Graff's autobiographical memoir, demonstrate a level of Jewish activism, especially by women, that was unique for the time and place--the postwar American South. Their own words vividly describe fear, harassment, family and community pressures, government intrigue, and individual betrayal. As Mohl's groundbreaking history illustrates, the perseverance of these women and their small band of supporters is a testament to their strength and an inspiration for continued reform in America.

Raymond A. Mohl, professor of history at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is the editor of Searching for the Sunbelt: Historical Perspectives on a Region and the coeditor of The New African-American Urban History and Urban Policy in Twentieth-Century America

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