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Rebellion in Black and White

Southern Student Activism in the 1960s

edited by Robert Cohen and David J. Snyder
foreword by Dan T. Carter

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In the 1960s, southern college campuses—both historically black and predominantly white—became powerful centers of student dissent, activism, and protest.

Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of the Choice ACRL

Rebellion in Black and White offers a panoramic view of southern student activism in the 1960s. Original scholarly essays demonstrate how southern students promoted desegregation, racial equality, free speech, academic freedom, world peace, gender equity, sexual liberation, Black Power, and the personal freedoms associated with the counterculture of the decade.

Most accounts of…

In the 1960s, southern college campuses—both historically black and predominantly white—became powerful centers of student dissent, activism, and protest.

Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of the Choice ACRL

Rebellion in Black and White offers a panoramic view of southern student activism in the 1960s. Original scholarly essays demonstrate how southern students promoted desegregation, racial equality, free speech, academic freedom, world peace, gender equity, sexual liberation, Black Power, and the personal freedoms associated with the counterculture of the decade.

Most accounts of the 1960s student movement and the New Left have been northern-centered, focusing on rebellions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, and others. And yet, students at southern colleges and universities also organized and acted to change race and gender relations and to end the Vietnam War. Southern students took longer to rebel due to the south’s legacy of segregation, its military tradition, and its Bible Belt convictions, but their efforts were just as effective as those in the north. Rebellion in Black and White sheds light on higher education, students, culture, and politics of the American south. Edited by Robert Cohen and David J. Snyder, the book features the work of both seasoned historians and a new generation of scholars offering fresh perspectives on the civil rights movement and many others.

Contributors:

Dan T. Carter
David T. Farber
Jelani Favors
Wesley Hogan
Christopher A. Huff
Nicholas G. Meriwether
Gregg L. Michel
Kelly Morrow
Doug Rossinow
Cleveland L. Sellers Jr.
Gary S. Sprayberry
Marcia G. Synnott
Jeffrey A. Turner
Erica Whittington
Joy Ann Williamson-Lott

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This collection makes a strong contribution to the prevailing conversation about student activism with its less-told, and often surprising, narratives from the South.

An excellent starting point for anyone wanting to understand the protests of the 1960s... Essential.

This quality volume is an excellent foundation for scholars eager to further complicate our understanding of 1960s activism nationally.

This fine volume on southern student activism in the 1960s offers a timely reminder — several actually — of a troubled and not so distant past... An impressive range of well-argued, fresh contributions.

Taken together, this collection of taut, well-organized essays reveals the contest that the decade of the 1960s was, and its memory remains... This well-balanced collection should contribute in important ways to ongoing efforts to bring greater nuance to narratives of the 1960s, the South, and the nation as a whole.

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Trim Size
6.125
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9.25
Pages
368
ISBN
9781421408507
Illustration Description
12 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Foreword. Deep South Campus Memories and the World the Sixties Made
Origins and Acknowledgments
Introduction. Prophetic Minority versus Recalcitrant Majority: Southern Student Dissent and the Struggle

Foreword. Deep South Campus Memories and the World the Sixties Made
Origins and Acknowledgments
Introduction. Prophetic Minority versus Recalcitrant Majority: Southern Student Dissent and the Struggle for Progressive Change in the 1960s
Part I: Early Days: From Talk to Action
Chapter 1. Freedom Now! SNCC Galvanizes the New Left
Chapter 2. Student Free Speech on Both Sides of the Color Line in Mississippi and the Carolinas
Chapter 3. Interracial Dialogue and the Southern Student Human Relations Project
Chapter 4. Moderate White Activists and the Struggle for Racial Equality on South Carolina Campuses
Part II: Campus Activism Takes Shape
Chapter 5. The Rise of Black and White Student Protest in Nashville
Chapter 6. Student Radicalism and the Antiwar Movement at the University of Alabama
Chapter 7. Conservative Student Activism at the University of Georgia
Part III: A Cultural Revolution and Its Discontents
Chapter 8. Sexual Liberation at the University of North Carolina
Chapter 9. The Counterculture as Local Culture in Columbia, South Carolina
Chapter 10. Government Repression of the Southern New Left
Part IV: Black Power and the Legacy of the Freedom Movement
Chapter 11. North Carolina A&T Black Power Activists and the Student Organization for Black Unity
Chapter 12. Black Power and the Freedom Movement in Retrospect
Historiographical Reflections
Afterword
List of Contributors
Index

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Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University.