Civilities and Civil Rights

Civilities and Civil Rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195029194
  • 9780195029192
  • 1,151,447

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Undoubtedly the best case study on the Civil Rights movement. * Mark Kornbluh, Washington University * Social history at its best, portraying the events that led up to the sit-ins and the disappointments that came after, and arguing that these confrontations were vital for any real change. * The New York Times Book Review * 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....It makes us think beyond its boundaries. * 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 *
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The 'sit-ins' at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro launched the passive resistance phase of the civil rights revolution. This book tells the story of what happened in Greensboro; it also tells the story in microcosm of America's effort to come to grips with our most abiding national dilemma--racism.
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