The introduction provides an overview of the American civil rights movement in Richmond, Virginia, and describes how slavery and segregation shaped Richmond’s development well into the twentieth century. The Dream Is Lost provides a narrative of Richmond’s contributions to the freedom struggle and the city coming to terms with racial political trends in America after 1965. The book aims to connect three subjects: 1) it demonstrates how middle-class African Americans used politics as a means to empower their communities; 2) the narrative emphasizes how local people helped influence national voting rights policy during the civil rights movement; and, 3) it delineates how race and racism shaped policy and politics in Richmond well into the twentieth century.
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