Civilities and Civil Rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom
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.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
- 13 Jun 1996
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
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 *
Back cover copy
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.