The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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"[A] fresh take on events leading to the 1963 March on Washington.
A tour de force. . . . [Jones] provides great food for thought as the nation faces race relations in the twenty-first century.--Patti Brown
Indispensable. . . . . Rediscovers the inextricable links between the civil rights movement and the cause of economic justice.--Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy
Jones thoroughly recovers the radical reality of the events leading up to the march, as well as the march itself.--Moshe Z. Marvit
Jones gets past the heroic myths and provides us with the history we need not just to celebrate the march but to understand it. This is the single best book on that historic event to date.--Eric Arnesen, The George Washington University
A magnificent work of historical reconstruction. . . . Jones provides a rich, robust understanding of the meaning of the march.--Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road
One of the great moments in American history becomes fresh again. Peeling away layers of myth, Jones shows the deep roots of the march in a tradition of African-American labor struggle.--Joshua Freeman, author of American Empire
Provides an alternative to the standard account by stressing the part played in the movement by unions and women's groups.--Louis Menand
A masterful history. . . . Will Jones's deeply satisfying book makes the history of the march whole and demonstrates the depth of change its participants embraced.--Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie
About the Author
William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a specialist in civil rights and labor history and contributes to The Nation and other publications. He and his family live in Madison, Wisconsin.
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8 October 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Valuable reading to put the March of 1963 in contact. I was at that March, and proud to have been there. This book gives context on its origins, the other themes about jobs and economic opportunity that were so important to the organizers, about which I knew little. Does a fine job showing how constrained the black community was by the political conservatism of the country on race issues and economic issues both. I wish the author were more analytic, interpretative. Much of it consists of references to meeting notes, letters, etc. This is great in building a strong narrative and time line and relationships, thus solid history. It lacks the incisive interpretation that makes great history. Worth a read if you are interested in the issues
29 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Needed the book for a school project. Very educational.
Timely and Profound
19 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
7 people found this helpful.
Arriving on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of this seminal event in US history, Jones illuminates the decades history that served as the basis for this powerful event. He takes us way beyond the King speech into the critical players, their radicalism and the full agenda of this 1963 protest march and rally. A scholarly work that is assessable for those trying to make a difference today. Clearly the March issues remain unresolved.
7 June 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Another very educational book of the historical event, The March on Washington. A must read.
History slighted; research avoided
26 September 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
12 people found this helpful.
This is most surely not the definitive history of the l963 March on Washington. It is poorly researched --the author admitting to not having looked through the Bayard Rustin papers (Rustin was the organizer of the March) and not conducting any interviews with living March leaders or staff. Instead he pulls theories out of his thumb and creates scenarios to fit them. His one contribution: black trade unions and the trade union movement played a large role in making the March a success.
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