Frederick Opie authors ‘Upsetting the Apple Cart’ - enriching audiences with a new understanding of protest

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Babson College History Professor Frederick Opie offers new insights into the causes and results of 20th century social movements in his recent book - Upsetting the Apple Cart – Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office.

Opie analyzes why and how black-Latino progressives organized, mobilized, and transformed neighborhoods, workplaces, university campuses, and representative government in New York City between the 1950s and 1980s.

His work shines new light on the largely unknown agents of historic change in the city, and the noted politicians, strategists, and union leaders whose careers were built on this history. In Upsetting the Apple Cart, Opie provides a history of working-class black and Latino coalitions and ultimately offers a different interpretation of the protest stories that have traditionally been told.

About Frederick Douglass Opie

Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College and also the author of Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 05/05/2015 03:00