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Massive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction

Clive Webb


On May 17, 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. When the court failed to specify a clear deadline for implementation of the ruling, southern segregationists seized the opportunity to launch a campaign of massive resistance against the federal government. What were the tactics, the ideology, and the strategies of segregationists? This collection of essays reveals how the political center in the South collapsed during the 1950s as opposition to the Supreme Court decision intensified. It tracks ... More

Keywords: Board of Education, resistance, desegregation, segregationist, American South, Civil rights, Supreme Court, supremacist

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177862.001.0001


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Clive Webb, editor
University of Sussex
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