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Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000 Hardcover – 24 Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking/Allen Lane (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670875929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670875924
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the hands of Adam Fairclough, BETTER DAY COMING, does more than any other book to place the historic Civil Rights Movement within the broader scope of the Black Freedom Struggle in the twentieth century. A distinguished historian has crafted an impressive narrative of persistence and resistance, heroism and timidity. A must read for the rising generation of young people for whom the Civil Rights Movement has been relegated to ancient history." --Steven F. Lawson Rutgers University "Just right and badly needed. I know of no other text that covers these years. I will definitely adopt." --Daniel Levine, Bowdoin College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adam Fairclough teaches American history at the University of East Anglia. His books include To Redeem The Soul Of America, Martin Luther King Jr. and Race And Democracy which won the Lillian Smith Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S Wood on 28 May 2010
Format: Paperback
The focus of Adam Faircloughs book, as is evident from the title "Better Day Coming", is on black efforts at fighting for full citizenship within American society. Things had become extremely bleak for them after the radical Republicans (it was not an oxymoron in the 1860's and 70's) efforts at Reconstruction were defeated, and blacks lost their vote and representatives, land and legal equality. Any attempts at seeking re-dress were brutally put down by Southern Democrats and the Klu Klux Klan. Faircloughs narrative takes the reader from those bleak times through the variety of accommodations and rebellions, dead-ends and progress, that make up the black experience in America up to the end of the twentieth century.

A good deal of this history is focussed on the personalities that stood out in black history, from militants such as the forthright campaigner against lynching Ida B. Wells at one end of the spectrum, to the black Americans Samuel Smiles - Booker T. Washington, with many others including Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Martin Luther King. Fairclough doesn't ignore some of the movements (the communist party, the NAACP, the Black Panthers, etc) or events (the civil rights movement, the legal battles, the battle for integration, etc). In short he captures a good deal of the black Americans twentieth century experience and struggle for equality.

If there is a shortcoming in the book it is Fairclough can be on occasions a little wishy-washy in his narrative. Sometimes in his efforts to achieve "balance" he appears a little lame, merely repeating both sides of the argument without making a judgement, or calculating the costs and benefits of actions on the struggle for black equality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isobel Martin on 11 Sept. 2013
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I got this book to read and further my studies. It is a very good and reasonably easy read. It is crammed with information so much so that i had to make notes at the end so most pages! Would really recommend this book, although he seems very opinionated in some aspects.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By betty-boola on 25 April 2003
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Faircloughs book offers a suberb discourse on the struggle for equaltity that blacks underwent in 20th century America following the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The accounts of black leaders and organisations are very interesting and authoritative, and extremely useful to anyone interested in this particular historical topic. The only qualm I would have with this book is that the title says 1890-2000, but there is little information supplied on the situtaion of blacks in America after 1970.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LOU on 17 Aug. 2012
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I have read many a book on the CRM during my time as a student of modern American history but this book tops them all. Engaging, in-depth, a perfect read for those familiar or unfamiliar with the crm.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gloria makinwa on 19 April 2014
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I thought it was excellent, extremely detailed and proved helpful with my coursework
Definitely worth buying, trust me ! X
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