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

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Martin Luther King's 1965 tackle from Montgomery, Alabama, the heart of a lot racial clash on the time and the positioning of the well-publicized bus boycott a decade prior, 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 was once "on its deathbed" and that the circulate had already accomplished major milestones. even though the civil rights move had received many battles within the fight for racial equality through 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. actually, King's speech in Montgomery represented a brand new starting instead of a end to the move, a incontrovertible fact that King said within the address.After the Dream: Black and White Southerners on account that 1965 starts the place many histories of the civil rights circulation finish, with King's positive 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 vote casting Rights Act. After the Dream examines the social, financial, and political implications of those legislation within the many years following their passage, discussing the empowerment of black southerners, white resistance, lodging and recognition, and the nation's political will. The e-book additionally offers a desirable historical past of the often-overlooked interval of race kin 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 examine will impression modern historiography at the civil rights circulation.

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Seven-year-old Martin Luther King III and nine-year-old Yolanda were part of a small group of African American children who quietly integrated Spring Street School. “Several parents welcomed us and said how happy they were to see us,” commented Coretta Scott King. ” Across Georgia’s largest city, between two thousand and twenty-five hundred black children now attended school with whites, up from sixteen hundred the year before. In Charlotte, over two thousand blacks also attended integrated schools, a big increase.

The example of Sunflower County, Mississippi, illustrates broader themes well. Although the rural county was majority black, until the school board adopted a supposed freedom-of-choice plan in the summer of 1965 only whites had attended the elementary and high schools in Drew, largely because “Token Beginnings” • 39 prominent landowners had intimidated black agricultural workers. 16 As Constance Curry’s moving account has documented, the Sunflower County case highlighted the inadequacies of freedom-of-choice plans.

Frinks and Reginald A. Hawkins called for examiners to be sent to a number of rural counties where few blacks were registered to vote. In June 1968, Hawkins complained to Attorney General Ramsey Clark that eighty-four of the state’s one hundred counties lacked a full-time registration system. Concentrating on the eastern part of the state, Hawkins also detailed many cases where white officials were reluctant to register blacks. 80 Across the region, whites also registered in increased numbers so that they could dilute the impact of the black vote.

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