- Series: Chapel Hill Books
- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Reprint edition (November 6, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807845574
- ISBN-13: 978-0807845578
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South (Chapel Hill Books) Reprint Edition
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Egerton's account of the early struggle for desegregation in the South starts in the Depression and ends in the mid-'50s with the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Native Southerner Egerton (Shades of Gray, LJ 10/1/91) details a rich historical narrative of black and white Southerners opposing white supremacy during the 1930s and 1940s. Egerton superbly weaves descriptions of social and intellectual ferment, politics, and culture (e.g., literature, religion, music) into a coherent synthesis. He explains why the South failed to dismantle white supremacy when the possibility existed for voluntary, peaceful social reform. Egerton excoriates the crude, anti-democratic, self-serving social elites and politicians who denied human rights to black Americans. His book is a tribute to those black and white Southerners who wanted racial equality when many white Americans preferred not to acknowledge that racism had corroded America. Strongly recommended for public and academic libraries.
Charles L. Lumpkins, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
1930 and 1954 with the central goal of illuminating the
foundations of our civil rights movement. The depth, detail
and accessability of this information is without peer; any
reader will have their insight into American racism
expanded, as well as their knowledge of the many people who
have opposed racism and bigotry.
One important lesson is demonstrated over and over again:
We do not need to be perfect to stand up for what is right.
Again and again, the author tells us stories about people
who were clearly imperfect, narrow-minded, or flawed; yet
these same people were able to change their communities for
The author clearly shows that the period from 1945 to 1954
was a time of possibility, of potential. Americans had an
opportunity then to improve race relations in our nation,
yet they turned away from that choice. Today, with headlines
about OJ blaring, with so many people deserting the cities,
we would do well to heed the lesssons offered in this book.