Speak now against the day : the generation before the civil rights movement in the South

Egerton, John, author

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  • Creator John Egerton
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Knopf, 1994.
  • Physical Details
    • 704 pages, [48] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 0679408088, 9780679408086
  • OCLC ocm29564035

Summary

  • A history of the Southern men and women, Black and white alike, who led the battle for civil rights prior to the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown decision.

Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-673) and index.

Contents

  • pt. I. 1932-1938: A feudal land. The cruelest year ; The state of the South ; Bourbon legacy ; A stirring of new voices ; Eve of the New Deal ; The fireman cometh ; Thunder on the right ; Shaking the pillars ; Pens and swords ; Lightning on the left ; Birth of a notion ; Revival in Birminghanm -- pt. II. 1938-1945: Road of hope. A liberating war ; The locust confederacy ; Leaders, followers, scouts ; Dancing in the dark ; Speaking their minds ; The fire this time ; "We of the South must decide" ; Farewell to the chief -- Interlogue: Yesterday and tomorrow -- pt. III. 1945-1950: Breaking the mold. Postwar opportunity ; Epidemic of violence ; Spotlight on Georgia ; Old-guard politics ; New signs of reform ; Homegrown progressives ; Anticommunism, Southern-style ; Striving for equilibrium ; Democrats and Dixicrats ; Truman's triumph ; One last chance for change -- pt. IV. 1950-1954: Days of grace. Coming to a choice ; Anticommunist white supremacy ; Tiptoeing and whispering ; Courts of last resort -- Epilogue: There comes a time
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