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The Newark frontier : community action in the Great Society

Author: Mark Krasovic
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To many, Newark seems a profound symbol of postwar liberalism's failings: an impoverished, deeply divided city where commitments to integration and widespread economic security went up in flames during the 1967 riots. While it's true that these failings shaped Newark's postwar landscape and economy, as Mark Krasovic shows that is far from the whole story. The Newark Frontier shows how, during the Great Society,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Krasovic
ISBN: 9780226352794 022635279X 022635282X 9780226352824
OCLC Number: 920017426
Description: 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: plotting the Great Society and the urban crisis in Newark --
The rise of community action --
The construction of community action in the Great Society --
Community action comes to Newark --
Convergence --
The Newark Police Department's Great Society --
Interlude: the riots --
The commission response to rioting The Kerner Commission --
The Governor's Commission --
The PBA Commission --
New directions for community action Law and order Departures --
Control --
Conclusion: community action and the hollow prize.
Series Title: Historical studies of urban America.
Responsibility: Mark Krasovic.

Abstract:

To many, Newark seems a profound symbol of postwar liberalism's failings: an impoverished, deeply divided city where commitments to integration and widespread economic security went up in flames during the 1967 riots. While it's true that these failings shaped Newark's postwar landscape and economy, as Mark Krasovic shows that is far from the whole story. The Newark Frontier shows how, during the Great Society, urban liberalism adapted and grew, defining itself less by centralized programs and ideals than by administrative innovation and the small-scale, personal interactions generated by community action programs, investigative commissions, and police-community relations projects. Paying particular attention to the fine-grained experiences of Newark residents, Krasovic reveals that this liberalism was rooted in an ethic of experimentation and local knowledge. He illustrates this with stories of innovation within government offices, the dynamic encounters between local activists and state agencies, and the unlikely alliances among nominal enemies. Krasovic makes clear that postwar liberalism's eventual fate had as much to do with the experiments waged in Newark as it did with the violence that rocked the city in the summer of 1967.
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"The Newark Frontier" tells an important history of an iconic city during the crucial years of its transition from traditional machine politics of post-World War II through an urban uprising in 1967 Read more...

 
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