Civilities and civil rights book review
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Civilities and Civil Rights Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom
Civilities and Civil Rights
Thank you! In , in the immediate wake of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Greensboro voted to take the southern lead in implementing school integration; 17 years later Greensboro became one of the last southern cities to integrate. What happened in between is the subject of historian Chafe's The American Woman, Women and Equality gripping narrative. It encompasses the phony specter of ""red neck backlash"" engendered by white power brokers; the contagious crusade of four young men who in sat down at Woolworth's lunch counter; the early career of student leader Jesse Jackson; Uncle Toms radicalized; and at least one black student dead in the streets. Throughout the conflict, black direct action shouts a new language that whites--accustomed to self-deceptive ""civilities"" masking black anger--must hear. Basing his account largely on oral history, Chafe assembles a prodigious cast to tell this story--but he takes nobody's word for anything.
William H. New York: Oxford University Press. Paper: ISBN In Civilities and Civil Rights , the city of Greensboro, North Carolina serves to tell a typical and a-typical story of the civil rights movement, these are stories of irony, hostility, hatred and resentment but more than anything else, it is the story of public and private actions. Greensboro was home to several Black colleges and small business and while many of its Black citizens lived in poverty, there was also an established Black middle class that would become increasingly radicalized. By the time of Brown the racial hierarchy had been well established and some small efforts at desegregation had taken place, however, school desegregation brought crises for all sides.
Reveals how whites in Greensboro used the traditional Southern concept of civility as a means of keeping Black protest in check and how Black activists continually devised new ways of asserting their quest for freedom. Thoughtful, well written, and thoroughly researched, it is a work of disciplined, committed scholarship that is likely to inspire imitation It represents the sort of scholarly advocacy that honors the historian's calling. The New Republic A finely wrought narrative, but much more a troubling commentary on conflict, consensus, paternalism, and gentility, which carries far beyond Greensboro There is a boldness in this book which is rare in the profession