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Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War

Ian Rocksborough-Smith


This book examines how various black Chicagoans used public history to engage with civil rights struggles. Numerous efforts to promote and teach this history demonstrated how dissident left-wing political currents from previous decades remained relevant to a vibrant and ideologically diffuse African American public sphere despite widespread Cold War dispersions, white-supremacist reactions, and anti-Communist repressions. The argument in this book proceeds by demonstrating how public-history projects strategically coalesced around a series of connected pedagogical endeavors. These endeavors in ... More

Keywords: long civil rights movement, Chicago history, U.S. radicalism, public history, urban studies, museums, black history, public schools, curriculum, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041662
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041662.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Rocksborough-Smith, author