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

By Timothy J. Minchin

Martin Luther King's 1965 tackle from Montgomery, Alabama, the guts of a lot racial clash on the time and the site of the well-publicized bus boycott a decade previous, is usually thought of through historians to be the end result of the civil rights period in American heritage. In his momentous speech, King declared that segregation was once "on its deathbed" and that the circulate had already completed major milestones. even if the civil rights circulation had gained many battles within the fight for racial equality by way of the mid-1960s, together with laws to assure black vote casting rights and to desegregate public lodgings, the struggle to enforce the hot legislation used to be simply beginning. in truth, King's speech in Montgomery represented a brand new starting instead of a end to the stream, a incontrovertible fact that King stated within the address.After the Dream: Black and White Southerners seeing that 1965 starts off the place many histories of the civil rights stream finish, with King's effective march from the long-lasting battleground of Selma to Montgomery. Timothy J. Minchin and John Salmond concentrate on 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, fiscal, and political implications of those legislation within the many years following their passage, discussing the empowerment of black southerners, white resistance, lodging and reputation, and the nation's political will. The ebook additionally offers a desirable background of the often-overlooked interval of race relatives through 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 research will effect modern historiography at the civil rights circulate.

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51 While most change occurred peacefully, occasionally efforts to desegregate public facilities ended in serious violence. A few incidents brought home the bravery of those who tested compliance and reinforced the law’s limitations in dealing with the most recalcitrant opponents. In January 1966, the black man Samuel Younge Jr. got into an altercation with Marvin Segrest, the elderly white operator of a gas station in Tuskegee, Alabama. When Younge attempted to use the station’s restroom, Segrest drew a gun and ordered him to leave.

In August 1965, for example, Keppel reported to Califano that he did not anticipate rapid progress. ” Illustrating this, in late September HEW reported that seventy-one southern districts had not submitted compliance documents while 128 had forwarded inadequate plans. ” At this time, there were twenty-one school districts in the Magnolia State that had failed to submit compliance documents, while many others had filed unacceptable plans. ” Association strategists felt that Title VI was a decisive federal mandate and that it should be enforced much more vigorously.

The local unit of the SCLC responded by trying to gain funding to construct low-income housing in the area, but this distracted staff attention away from voting rights work. In other cases, emerging political leaders were targeted. In 1966, Alvin White Jr. found that he was a victim of reprisals after he ran for election to the school board in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. White did carpentry work for whites, but, after running for office, his orders dried up. His plight reflected broader problems.

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