Dissent in Wichita

Dissent in Wichita : The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72

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On a hot summer evening in 1958, a group of African American students in Wichita, Kansas, quietly entered Dockum's Drug Store and sat down at the whites-only lunch counter. This was the beginning of the first sustained, successful student sit-in of the modern civil rights movement, instigated in violation of the national NAACP's instructions. Based on interviews with over eighty participants and observers of this sit-in, Dissent in Wichita traces the contours of race relations and black activism in an unexpected locus of the civil rights movement, revealing that the movement was a national, not a southern, phenomenon.
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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252074912
  • 9780252074912

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"What makes Dissent in Wichita more than a local case study is its detailed analysis of the NAACP. . . . Eick's rendering of the internal power struggle that pitched the `young Turks' of the NAACP against the old guard makes fascinating if depressing reading."--Journal of American History
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About Gretchen Cassel Eick

Gretchen Cassel Eick, a professor of history at Friends University, Wichita, has received two Fulbright grants and was for ten years a professional lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
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