Author Herman (sociology and anthropology, New Jersey City University) conducted 100 oral history interviews in Newark and Detroit during 2001-2009, in order to offer a multifaceted perspective on the 1967 race riots in both cities, which were significant if only for the unprecedented numbers of civilians killed by police. The interviews with eye witnesses, participants, police and National Guardsmen, and civil rights leaders highlight the contested nature of memory, and are supplemented with background from archival materials and speeches. The author weaves together a detailed narrative account from the diverse sources, and also looks at the immediate aftermath of the riots and the long-term effects on both cities as they continue to struggle to recover economically and socially. The book can function as a companion piece to a museum exhibit at the New Jersey Historical Society, titled "What's Going On: Newark and the Legacy of the 1960s," which opened September 2007. The cover features a colorized photo-illustration. Annotation c2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Max Arthur Herman is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at New Jersey City University. Since receiving his M.A. from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Arizona, Herman has taught courses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, social movements, and the sociology of religion at a variety of public and private universities including Rice University, Oberlin College, and Rutgers University. He is the author of Fighting in the Streets: Ethnic Succession and Urban Unrest in Twentieth Century America (Peter Lang, 2005). In addition to these academic engagements, Herman currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, located at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom in Newark.