192 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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Literatures of Liberation from Civil Rights to the Second Wave
Rutgers University Press
Freedom’s Ring examines the debate between “freedom” and “equality” in popular texts from the Black Power, antiwar/ counterculture, and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Its central finding is that although many struggled and died for it in the civil rights era, freedom (e.g., the vote, integrated bus rides, sex without consequences via the Pill) is ultimately free—costing officialdom little if anything to fully implement—while equality (with respect to jobs, salaries, education, housing, and health care) will forever be the much more expensive nut to crack.
Hard fought, hardly equitable, and deeply contested, freedom remains a core concept in modern American national identity. Jacqueline Foertsch’s lively and compelling Freedom’s Ring traces how it rallied postwar Americans to fight for racial equality, personal liberation, and women’s rights from the 1950s to the 1970s with profound results.'
Jacqueline Foertsch’s Freedom’s Ring is a smart-minded and provocative inquiry into the literary legacy of the postwar Civil Rights era, the storied epoch from the 1950s to the 1970s that remains an inspiration to an ongoing struggle. Foertsch’s cultural criticism is authoritative and insightful, her voice captivating and passionate, and her subject timelier than ever.
JACQUELINE FOERTSCH is a professor of English and chair of the steering committee for Postwar Faculty Colloquium at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is the author of several books including American Drama: In Dialogue, 1714-Present and Reckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America.
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