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By Clive Webb

On may possibly 17, 1954, in Brown v. Board of schooling, the USA splendid court docket governed that racial segregation in public colleges was once unconstitutional. whilst the courtroom didn't specify a transparent closing date for implementation of the ruling, southern segregationists seized the chance to release a crusade of big resistance opposed to the government. What have been the strategies, the ideology, the suggestions, of segregationists? This number of unique essays unearths how the political middle within the South collapsed in the course of the Fifties as competition to the splendid court docket choice intensified. It tracks the inventive, felony, and sometimes extralegal, capacity in which white southerners rebelled opposed to the ruling: how white males fell again on masculine delight through ostensibly conserving their other halves and daughters from the black risk, how beliefs of motherhood have been enlisted within the fight for white purity, and the way the phrases of the Bible have been invoked to legitimize white supremacy. jointly those essays display that segregationist ideology, faraway from an easy statement of supremacist doctrine, was once complicated in methods way more ingenious and nuanced than has formerly been assumed.

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