The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian's Stand in Time of Transition / Edition 1

The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian's Stand in Time of Transition / Edition 1

by Sarah Patton Boyle
     
 

When first published in 1962, Sarah Patton Boyle's narrative of personal growth and change was highly praised and quickly sold more than sixty thousand copies, though few of them in the South. In it we witness Boyle's journey from sedate Virginia housewife to civil rights activist via an often naive, but ultimately courageous path.

Catalyst for Boyle's conversion

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Overview

When first published in 1962, Sarah Patton Boyle's narrative of personal growth and change was highly praised and quickly sold more than sixty thousand copies, though few of them in the South. In it we witness Boyle's journey from sedate Virginia housewife to civil rights activist via an often naive, but ultimately courageous path.

Catalyst for Boyle's conversion was African American attorney Gregory Swanson's successful suit for admission to the University of Virginia Law School in 1950. Boyle wrote Swanson a friendly note of welcome—and prided herself on addressing him as "Mr." Her awkward efforts to help led her to T. J. Sellers, editor of Charlottesville's black newspaper, The Tribune, and to what they came to call "The T. J. Sellers Course for Backward Southern Whites." It was the beginning of a remarkable friendship which is traced in their correspondence, selections from which are published here for the firt time.

Although she could not have imagined it when she wrote that note to Gregory Swanson, by 1962 Sarah Patton Boyle had become the most outspoken white integrationist in Virginia. In addition to writing, speaking, and organizing for the NAACP and other groups, she gained national attention when an article she had originally titled "We're Readier Than We Think" appeared in the Saturday Evening Post under the inflammatory title "Southerners Will Like Integration." A wave of hostile reactions from across the country included crosses burned on her lawn.

This reprinting of The Desegregated Heart, long out of print, adds significantly to the new work that attempts to unravel massive resistance. For all who seek to understand the civil rights movement in this country, it recaptures the contribution of not one but two people who proved themselves part of the very backbone of a new racially progressive South that is still in the making.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920290
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
1st University Press of Virginia Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Acknowledgmentsxxix
Author's Notexxx
Part 1The Southern Never-Never Land
Chapter 1Intangible Assets3
Chapter 2The Rising Wall10
Chapter 3The Southern Code21
Chapter 4Product of the Code29
Chapter 5The Tidal Wave43
Chapter 6Everybody Else Is Prejudiced53
Chapter 7Noncommital Answers61
Chapter 8We Want a Negro70
Chapter 9Library Liberals78
Chapter 10I Nearly Die Aborning86
Chapter 11Hurt Until You Give93
Chapter 12Not a White Lady Slumming102
Chapter 13Convex and Concave110
Chapter 14Once to Every Man and Nation117
Chapter 15The Semantic Barrier126
Chapter 16No Ears to Hear132
Chapter 17Mirrors and Candles143
Chapter 18Facts and Figures of Good Will154
Chapter 19Jeffersonian Americans167
Part 2Bloodless Destruction
Chapter 1"I Will Not Run"179
Chapter 2The Public Education Hearing189
Chapter 3The Power of Positive Thinking197
Chapter 4The Middle of the Pyramid206
Chapter 5"Set Not Your Faith in Princes or in Any Child of Man."214
Chapter 6The Wall226
Chapter 7"Discussions"233
Chapter 8Insults240
Chapter 9Threats245
Chapter 10No Hiding Place255
Chapter 11The Power of Evil262
Chapter 12The Kiss of Death270
Chapter 13Whitewashed Tombs279
Chapter 14Discredited Currency289
Part 3Thou Shalt Love
Chapter 1Decision297
Chapter 2Love308
Chapter 3Service318
Chapter 4Man325
Chapter 5God334
Chapter 6Christ344
Chapter 7Children--of God357
Letters365

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