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Review of: Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West, by Matthew C. Whitaker
Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research (2007)
  • Kevin Allen Leonard, Western Washington University
Abstract

The title of this book might lead readers to think that it is a broad,general study of the emergence of a civil rights movement in the western United States. It is actually a biographical study of a couple, Lincoln Ragsdale Sr. and Eleanor Ragsdale, who were leaders of the struggle for African American civil rights in Phoenix from the late 1940s until their deaths in the 1990s. Matthew C. Whitaker, an associate professor of history at Arizona State University, relied on interviews with the Ragsdales, their children, and many other African American leaders in Phoenix, an impressive number of newspaper articles, and many secondary sources to tell the Ragsdales’ story.

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Publication Date
July, 2007
Publisher Statement
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0130.2007.00450.x
Citation Information
Kevin Allen Leonard. "Review of: Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West, by Matthew C. Whitaker" Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research Vol. 32 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin_leonard/48/