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Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000 [ BETTER DAY COMING: BLACKS AND EQUALITY, 1890-2000 ] by Fairclough, Adam (Author) Jun-25-2002 [ Paperback ] Unknown Binding – 25 Jun 2002


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  • Publisher: Penguin Books (25 Jun 2002)
  • ASIN: B007NC2QZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isobel Martin on 11 Sep 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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3 of 4 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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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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