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After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965 by Timothy J. Minchin

By Timothy J. Minchin

Martin Luther King's 1965 handle from Montgomery, Alabama, the heart of a lot racial clash on the time and the site of the well-publicized bus boycott a decade past, is frequently thought of via historians to be the end result of the civil rights period in American historical past. In his momentous speech, King declared that segregation used to be "on its deathbed" and that the circulate had already completed major milestones. even supposing the civil rights stream had gained many battles within the fight for racial equality by way of the mid-1960s, together with laws to assure black vote casting rights and to desegregate public lodgings, the struggle to enforce the recent legislation was once simply beginning. in fact, King's speech in Montgomery represented a brand new starting instead of a end to the circulation, a indisputable fact that King said within the address.After the Dream: Black and White Southerners when you consider that 1965 starts the place many histories of the civil rights stream finish, with King's successful march from the enduring battleground of Selma to Montgomery. Timothy J. Minchin and John Salmond specialise in occasions within the South following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 balloting Rights Act. After the Dream examines the social, fiscal, and political implications of those legislation within the many years following their passage, discussing the empowerment of black southerners, white resistance, lodging and attractiveness, and the nation's political will. The e-book additionally presents a desirable historical past of the often-overlooked interval of race family members in the course of the presidential administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, and either George H. W. and George W. Bush. finishing with the election of President Barack Obama, this learn will impression modern historiography at the civil rights circulate.

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Got into an altercation with Marvin Segrest, the elderly white operator of a gas station in Tuskegee, Alabama. When Younge attempted to use the station’s restroom, Segrest drew a gun and ordered him to leave. As an SNCC worker, the twenty-one-year-old student knew how to stand up for his rights. Although he left the premises, Younge later returned and threatened Segrest with a golf club. In return, Segrest shot at Younge, who taunted him as he ran off. His body was later found with a golf club 24 • AFTER THE DREAM under it.

76 Other groups also carried out essential work. Between 1965 and 1968, the Mobile-based NPVL registered more than fourteen hundred African Americans as voters. 77 In other major Alabama cities, the SCLC conducted similar campaigns. In January 1966, the group worked with federal examiners in Birmingham and registered 7,108 new black voters, or nearly 10 percent of all potential black voters in Jefferson County. Writing to the president, CSC chairman John W. Macy paid credit to the SCLC for the astonishing progress, which had occurred in spite of very cold weather.

In 1968, for example, the NAACP pressed for “more complete integration of students” in Jefferson County, Arkansas. As early as 1959, the group had secured a desegregation order in the county, but subsequent progress had been minimal. “Our position,” explained the NAACP attorney Barbara A. ” Board officials disagreed, claiming that they were making progress and that blacks were free to transfer to the white schools. They saw no problem in the fact that the choice forms were kept in the principal’s office and had been publicized only once.

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