Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970 / Edition 1

Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970 / Edition 1

by John A. Kirk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813029236

ISBN-13: 9780813029238

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: University Press of Florida

One of the most significant events in the struggle for black civil rights in America was the integration in 1957 of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation was unconstitutional. The South's campaign of massive resistance against this ruling culminated in a showdown at Little…  See more details below

Overview

One of the most significant events in the struggle for black civil rights in America was the integration in 1957 of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation was unconstitutional. The South's campaign of massive resistance against this ruling culminated in a showdown at Little Rock's Central High School, where President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to protect nine black students as they entered the school. Although numerous studies have analyzed the Little Rock school crisis from a variety of perspectives, one striking omission in existing accounts is the role played by local black activists who were at the very center of events. This is the first book to contextualize the events in Little Rock within the unfolding struggle for black rights at local, state, regional, and national levels between 1940 and 1970.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813029238
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
New Perspectives on the History of the South Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Founding a Movement11
2War, Race, and Confrontation34
3Postwar Reform and Its Limitations54
4Brown v. Board of Education86
5The Little Rock School Crisis106
6Dismantling Jim Crow139
7New Challenges163
Notes185
Bibliography213
Index229

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