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Defining the StruggleNational Racial Justice Organizing, 1880-1915$
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Susan D. Carle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945740.001.0001

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(p.287) Conclusion
Defining the Struggle

Susan D. Carle

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter assesses the questions with which the book's narrative starts. It analyzes the complex political, legal, and social factors that influenced the way in which early twentieth-century national racial justice organizing developed as it did and assesses the balance between private institution building and demands for full citizenship inclusion that characterized activism during the period, suggesting that activists' work in the intersections of the public/private divide presents an area of legal civil rights history deserving far greater attention. Finally, the conclusion situates the book's narrative within the broader historiography of civil rights activism in the United States.

Keywords:   transition from the National Afro-American League to the NAACP, relationship of civil rights and social welfare issues in the U.S. civil rights movement, test case litigation efficacy, early U.S. civil rights history, factors affecting, black separatism and early civil rights history, democratic experimentalism and civil rights history, civil rights historiography, legal liberalism critique, socioeconomic and civil rights, U.S. civil rights movement future directions

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