Challenging the master narrative reveals formerly hidden historical actors, ideologies, and movements. It suggests how wide and transformative the movement was, and possible pathways for the future.
This lecture provides an overview of how the new scholarship on the long civil rights movement has changed our understanding of the scope and range of civil rights. It focuses on how a northern perspective adds a broader temporal scope to the movement, from the Great Migration to Black Power. And it highlights previously overlooked topics such as redlining, unionization and white flight.