The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South / Edition 1

The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South / Edition 1

by Ted Ownby
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578064686

ISBN-13: 9781578064687

Pub. Date: 06/26/2002

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

With essays by Tony Badger, David L. Chappell, Elizabeth Jacoway, Richard H. King, Ralph E. Luker, Charles Marsh, Keith D. Miller, Linda Reed, and Lauren F. Winner

In the 1950s and 1960s the American South was in upheaval. Brilliant thinkers and writers joined on-the-ground activists to challenge segregation and the South's long established Jim Crow society.

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With essays by Tony Badger, David L. Chappell, Elizabeth Jacoway, Richard H. King, Ralph E. Luker, Charles Marsh, Keith D. Miller, Linda Reed, and Lauren F. Winner

In the 1950s and 1960s the American South was in upheaval. Brilliant thinkers and writers joined on-the-ground activists to challenge segregation and the South's long established Jim Crow society. The men and women who opposed them waged a war of words in favor of the status quo.

The essays in The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South examine the interplay of thought and action in a complex and turbulent moment in American history. Written by scholars in history, English, and religious studies, these essays explore ideas about religion, freedom, race, liberalism, and conservatism.

When people challenged authority, or defended it, what ideas did they uphold? What were their moral and intellectual standards? What language did they use, and what sources did they cite? What issues did they feel needed explaining, what issues did they take for granted, and what issues did they avoid?

Leading scholars investigate the wide range of conceptions, interpretations, and responses to the whirlwind of change. Some of the essays concentrate on intellectuals who were systematic thinkers who published their work to be studied, analyzed, and used. Four essays center on the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr., surely the most influential southern intellectual in the 1950s and 1960s. Other essays analyze the thoughts of people, such as civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and segregationist politician Jim Johnson, who never saw themselves as intellectuals.

The civil rights movement set the agenda for thought and action in the 1950s and 1960s. The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South begins by examining ideas prominent in the movement. It then studies the ideas of white moderates in the South, white conservatives, and African Americans who did not join the movement. Particular emphases include the relationship between theology and political life, the national and international contexts of southern thought, and the variety of southern intellectual interests.

Ted Ownby is a professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. His books include American Dreams in Mississippi: Consumers, Poverty, and Culture, 1830-1998 (1999) and Subduing Satan: Religion, Recreation, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 (1990).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578064687
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
06/26/2002
Series:
Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Niebuhrisms and Myrdaleries: The Intellectual Roots of the Civil Rights Movement Reconsidered3
The Civil Rights Movement as Theological Drama19
Kingdom of God and Beloved Community in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.39
Beacon Light and Penumbra: African American Gospel Lyrics and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"55
Fannie Lou Hamer: New Ideas for the Civil Rights Movement and American Democracy69
"Closet Moderates": Why White Liberals Failed, 1940-197083
The Struggle Against Equality: Conservative Intellectuals in the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1975113
Jim Johnson of Arkansas: Segregationist Prototype137
Doubtless Sincere: New Characters in the Civil Rights Cast157
Notes171
Contributors207
Index209

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