Why the vote wasn't enough for Selma

by Forner, Karlyn, 1983-

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CLP - Homewood African American F334.S4 F67 2017
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Call Number  F334.S4 F67 2017
In Why the Vote Wasn't Enough for Selma Karlyn Forner rewrites the heralded story of Selma to explain why gaining the right to vote did not bring about economic justice for African Americans in the Alabama Black Belt. Drawing on a rich array of sources, Forner illustrates how voting rights failed to offset decades of systematic disfranchisement and unequal investment in African American communities. Forner contextualizes Selma as a place, not a moment within the civil rights movement --a place where black citizens' fight for full citizenship unfolded alongside an agricultural shift from cotton farming to cattle raising, the implementation of federal divestment policies, and economic globalization. At the end of the twentieth century, Selma's celebrated political legacy looked worlds apart from the dismal economic realities of the region. Forner demonstrates that voting rights are only part of the story in the black freedom struggle and that economic justice is central to achieving full citizenship.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The 1965 march on Selma, Ala., stands as an iconic moment in the civil rights movement, but as Forner, SNCC Digital Gateway project manager for Duke Libraries, emphasizes, "The celebrated political legacy of Selma appears worlds apart from the dismal economic realities of the Alabama Black Belt." Over the past half century, the black inhabitants of Selma and surrounding communities have suffered the economic consequences of the region's shift from cotton cultivation to cattle production; small farmers lost their livelihoods and found few opportunities to replace them. Beginning with the 1901 passage of a new state constitution that stripped black Alabamians of their voting rights, Forner depicts a century in which white supremacy has continued to limit the opportunities available to the area's African-American residents. While black Selmians continue to take pride in their town's civil rights history, they have yet to win what one activist called the "good freedom": high-quality public schools, jobs offering decent wages and possibilities for advancement, and a transparent and racially balanced system of local politics. Forner argues convincingly that, for many black residents, "Selma did more for civil rights than civil rights did for Selma." This lucid, detailed book is often dispiriting to read, but it's an important reminder of the still-unfulfilled promise of the black freedom movement. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects African Americans -- Suffrage -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century.
Selma (Ala.) -- History -- 20th century.
Selma (Ala.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Durham :Duke University Press,2017
Other Titles Why the vote was not enough for Selma
Language English
Description xvi, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-334) and index.
ISBN 9780822370000
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