- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 14, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195029194
- ISBN-13: 978-0195029192
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Civilities and Civil Rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom Reprint Edition
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"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."--Howard Zinn, The Yale Review
"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
"Undoubtedly the best case study on the Civil Rights movement."--Mark Kornbluh, Washington University
From the Back Cover
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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Buyer beware...this is not a description of the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina. It is far more a case study of one town. In that sense, it is limited. Some of the prose in the book has not worn well over the past 27 years. Simply put, this isn't the definitive book for Civil Rights in North Carolina.
Having said that, the story is interesting and well researched if the reader is only looking for information on Greensboro, and the bibliography in the back, while not tremendously detailed, appears to be a good place to continue looking for more information.
"'Social history at its best, portraying the events that led up to the sit-ins and the disappointments that came after.'"--New York Times Book Review
FROM THE PUBLISHER
"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."