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We Shall Not Be Moved: The Desegregation of the University of Georgia Paperback – September 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820327808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820327808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In an era when most of the country appears to have given up on school desegregation as an important marker of racial equality, Robert Pratt provides a vivid account of how we have forgotten the heroes of the 1950s and 1960s who put their lives on the line to end racial segregation in higher education. He tells the dramatic story of how black lawyers, Donald Hollowell, Horace Ward, and Vernon Jordan, took on the racist political establishment to see that Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes gained access to the University of Georgia. It is a history worth reading before we have retreated too far."—Steven Lawson, author of Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941


"Long overshadowed by the events at Ole Miss and Alabama, the desegregation of the University of Georgia in 1961 stands on its own as a major landmark in the civil rights struggle. Robert Pratt places the ordeal of students Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter in a broad historical context, in which 'respected' politicians and educators fought bitterly to preserve white supremacy at the close of the Jim Crow era. This is a gem of a book, at once wise, balanced, and compelling."—John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

"By a wide margin, this is the best study we have of the dismantling of white supremacy in a state system of higher education. But this book will also be valued for its intimate portraits of individuals on both sides of the struggle in Georgia, helping us to think in a more nuanced way even about those positions with which we disagree. A real achievement."—Charles Payne, author of I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle


"It is a gripping story, beautifully told. Pratt should be congratulated for exploring all angles of the story with such sensitivity and insight. . . . [A] fine book that makes important contribution not just to the history of Georgia but to the wider history of race, education, and voting."—Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Anyone interested in the multifaceted history of the civil-rights era, especially as it unfolded at a prominent southern institution of higher education, will find this a fascinating book.”—History of Education Quarterly

"Robert A. Pratt's study of desegregation at the University of Georgia clarifies the school's genetic blueprint, calling attention to the distance southern colleges have traveled in their quest to enter the national mainstream. Building upon published accounts and making skillful use of autobiography and oral interviews, Pratt connects the personal stories of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Earl Holmes . . . with the saga of Horace Ward.”—Journal of Southern History


"[A] well-crafted examination of one university's painful sojourn through an era when civil-rights activists vowed 'not to be moved' from their quest for equal treatment under the law."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


"The book will appeal to people who want to know more about legal cases in the Civil Rights era, and will appeal to academics curious as to how their colleagues in the South responded to integration."—H-Net

About the Author

Robert A. Pratt is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954-1989.


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By Medicguy on April 8, 2014
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I would rather jab my eyes out with a red hot poker than read this horrible book again. Don't buy.
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By Darriel D. Bailey Jr. on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I can say, that the author, Robert Pratt, thoroughly divulged the many ghosts of the integration of the University of Georgia in this book. Pratt successfully recounted the events of that time by not only regurgitating the facts of the event, but he set the mood for the happening, almost like a screenwriter. Without the background information of the time, the facts about the integration of the university would seem out of place, and on a weak foundation. Though the book wasn't filled with pictures, the pictures he did display served the purpose of turning the reader's attention from one phase of the university's integration, to a more modern and progressive phase.

Not only does the author expose the "skeletons" in the University of Georgia's closet, he also makes sure that the reader doesn't solely antagonize the university itself. Pratt makes sure that the theme of the time, segregation, stays at the fore front. It would have been easy for the reader to make the university a villain, but just when you're about to, Pratt yanks you back reality, and forces you to rethink your position towards the university.

I really enjoyed the book. Not too many historians deal with the back stories of Georgia, much less its universities. This book does that in a quaint, but professional manner. I would recommend this book to any history major on the campus, because it gives a new meaning to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States through forced interaction with the evils of segregation in our back yard.
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