Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (in)Justice
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Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (in)Justice

Edited by Julian M. Hayter and George R. Goethals

This collection of original essays and commentary considers not merely how history has shaped the continuing struggle for racial equality, but also how backlash and resistance to racial reforms continue to dictate the state of race in America. Informed by a broad historical perspective, this book focuses primarily on the promise of Reconstruction, and the long demise of that promise. It traces the history of struggles for racial justice from the post US Civil War Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights decades of the 1950s and 1960s to the present day.
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Chapter 9: Forging a unified proletariat: relocating working class agency

J. Phillip Thompson

Abstract

Chapter 9 looks at the connections among race, class and property. Discussing W.E.B. Du Bois’s two-proletariat analysis, J. Phillip Thompson revisits the systems that have shaped and divided America’s working class. Based on Du Bois’s analysis, Thompson argues that reformers must take into account the racial divisions that run deep amongst workers.

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