"In a book that looks backward to the New Deal and forward to the 2012 election, Thurber provides the reader a fresh and nuanced account of the GOP's relationship with African Americans during a crucial three decades of heightened civil rights activism, a period that has shaped the politics of both to this day. His book credits Republican contributions to civil rights advances but explains the reasons for the party's alienation from blacks while challenging the accusation that its "Southern strategy" was deliberately racist. Given the depth of research and probity of its interpretation, this work will come to be regarded as "the definitive study of the Republican Party and civil rights for decades to come" (Irvin Gellman)"--
Fair employment practices, commission, voting rights, and racial violence -- Dwight D. Eisenhower and reform of the Federal government -- "At sea on this": Eisenhower and Black protest -- Republicans and civil rights legislation, 1952-1960 -- The GOP, direct action, and racial policy, 1960-1963 -- The 1964 Civil Rights Act -- Race and Republican politics, 1961-1964 -- Civil Rights policy, 1965-1968 -- The Nixon synthesis -- Schools, voting rights, and the Supreme Court -- Integration revisited -- Economic policy: Nixon's first term -- A New Republican majority? -- Denouement: The GOP and race, 1973-1974
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