Baltimore 68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City

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In 1968, Baltimore was home to a variety of ethnic, religious, and racial communities that, like those in other American cities, were confronting a quickly declining industrial base. In April of that year, disturbances broke the urban landscape along lines of race and class.

This book offers chapters on events leading up to the turmoil, the riots, and the aftermath as well as four rigorously edited and annotated oral histories of members of the Baltimore community. The combination of new scholarship and first-person accounts provides a comprehensive case study of this period of civil unrest four decades later.

This engaging, broad-based public history lays bare the diverse experiences of 1968 and their effects, emphasizing the role of specific human actions. By reflecting on the stories and analysis presented in this anthology, readers may feel empowered to pursue informed, responsible civic action of their own.

"Baltimore '68" is the book component of a larger public history project, Baltimore '68 Riots: Riots and Rebirth. The project's companion website (http: //archives.ubalt.edu/bsr/index.html ) offers many more oral histories plus photos, art, and links to archival sources. The book and the website together make up an invaluable teaching resource on cities, social unrest, and racial politics in the 1960s. The project was the corecipient of the 2009 Outstanding Public History Project Award from the National Council on Public History.

About the Author: Jessica I. Elfenbein is Associate Provost and Professor of History and Community Studies at the University of Baltimore. She directed the prize-winning Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth, and is the author of Civics, Commerce, and Community: The History of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, 1889-1989, and The Making of a Modern City: Philanthropy, Civic Culture and the Baltimore YMCA. She is also an editor of From Mobtown to Charm City: New Perspectives on Baltimore's Past.Thomas L. Hollowak is Associate Director for Special Collections at the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library. He created and maintains the Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth website, and is the author of University of Baltimore, and an editor of From Mobtown to Charm City: New Perspectives on Baltimore's Past.Elizabeth (Betsy) M. Nix is Assistant Professor in the Community Studies and History Programs at the University of Baltimore. She supervised the oral history component of Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth.

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