Before Brown: Civil Rights and White Backlash in the Modern South

Overview

This collection refutes the impression that the civil rights movement began with the momentous Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and suggests that the movement originated in the 1930s and earlier, spurred by the Great Depression and World War II - events that would radically shape the course of politics in the South and the nation into the next century.
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Overview

This collection refutes the impression that the civil rights movement began with the momentous Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and suggests that the movement originated in the 1930s and earlier, spurred by the Great Depression and World War II - events that would radically shape the course of politics in the South and the nation into the next century.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A valuable and timely volume . . . particularly welcome for the emphasis it places on the churches, on white women, and on returning black and white veterans, groups whose postwar role has been too long ignored."--Anthony J. Badger, author of Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina and The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817351342
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Modern South Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Feldman is Associate Professor of Business in the Center for Labor Education and Research at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Politics, Society, and the Klan in Alabama, 1915-1949.  Patricia Sullivan is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and author of Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue 1
1 "You don't have to ride Jim Crow" : CORE and the 1947 journey of reconciliation 21
2 T. R. M. Howard : pragmatism over strict integrationist ideology in the Mississippi Delta, 1942-1954 68
3 "Blood on your hands" : white southerners' criticism of Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II 96
4 "City mothers" : Dorothy Tilly, Georgia methodist women, and black civil rights 116
5 Louisiana : the civil rights struggle, 1940-1954 144
6 Communism, anti-communism, and massive resistance : the civil rights congress in southern perspective 170
7 E. D. Nixon and the white supremacists : civil rights in Montgomery 198
8 "Flag-bearers for integration and justice" : local civil rights groups in the south, 1940-1954 222
9 Winning the peace : Georgia veterans and the struggle to define the political legacy of World War II 238
Epilogue : ugly roots : race, emotion, and the rise of the modern Republican Party in Alabama and the south 268
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