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George Lipsitz

A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition

Temple University Press

1989 Nonfiction

A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition
This book tells the story of Ivory Perry, a black worker and community activist who, for more than thirty years, has distributed the leaflets, carried the picket signs, and planned and participated in the confrontations that were essential to the success of protest movements. Using oral histories and extensive archival research, George Lipsitz examines the culture of opposition through the events of Perry’s life of commitment and illumines the social and political changes and conflicts that have convulsed the United States during the past fifty years.

George Lipsitz is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. The author of six books, he most recently published Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s.

“Lipsitz may be the first American historian of radical social protest who gives full range to the psychological complexities of the historical actors, without either scolding or essentially lionizing the chief protagonist. The narrative, which unravels almost like a novel, is both stirring and immensely tragic.”

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  • George Lipsitz

    George Lipsitz

    Born: 1948

    Other Works

    • Time Passages (1989)
    • Rainbow at Midnight (1994)
    • "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (1998)"
    • Footsteps in the Dark (2007)
    • Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story (2010)

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