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The Jim Crow North

The Struggle for Civil Rights in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Located approximately forty miles northwest of Philadelphia, the working-class borough of Pottstown does not immediately come to mind as an influential site of the Black Freedom Struggle. Yet this small town in Pennsylvania served as a significant hub of interracial civil rights activism with regional as well as national impact.

In The Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Matthew George Washington adds another interpretive perspective to historiography by using both the "freedom North" and the "long civil rights movement" theoretical models to frame the borough's unique history. Primary documents, including newspaper accounts, census records, oral histories, and correspondence present a vivid account of a rapidly changing town, from the dawn of its civil rights movement during World War II to the revitalization of its NAACP branch in the early 1950s and its activism throughout the 1960s. Placing special emphasis on the demographic nature of the movement, Washington explores how interracial collaboration among the working class made up the movement's critical base—and how, through it all, Black activists remained front and center.

This critical examination of Pottstown illuminates the struggle for African American civil rights in one of the long-ignored urban spaces of the North, providing a rich and in-depth portrait of the Black Freedom Struggle of postwar America.

About the Author

Matthew George Washington is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. He is a contributing author to the anthologies For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America and Contemporary Debates in Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring the Lives of Black and Brown Americans. He has written previously for BlackPast.org.

Reviews

"The Civil Rights movement was truly national. Matthew Washington teaches us how this local movement in Pottstown, PA, was part of the large, broad efforts to make our country a place where all people could live as full, free citizens."—Brian Purnell, author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn

"In The Jim Crow North, Matthew George Washington further excavates the contours of the northern black freedom movement, adding a new tile to the mosaic of our understanding. In the process, he reminds us, importantly, that even in smaller locales, like Pottstown, Pennsylvania, African Americans and their allies struggled for racial justice in both distinct ways shaped by local circumstances, as well as others that responded to, interacted with and even impacted the broader national movement."—Patrick D. Jones, The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

"The Jim Crow North is a revelatory and essential reading. Washington's impressive research successfully unearths the working-class borough of Pottstown, PA as a critical site of interracial civil rights activism above the Mason-Dixon Line."—Charles L. Chavis. Jr., author of The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State

 

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