This chapter begins by discussing what people think about the 1954 declaration stating that in public schools segregation was unconstitutional. It then talks about the effects of this declaration on the conflict happening between the white and black people. It mentions some of the most aggressive forms of defense that white southerners used. It notes that massive resistance, therefore, represented a potent challenge to the advancement of racial equality. It explains that the study of white segregationists is important not simply as a means to enhance understanding and appreciation of black civil rights activism, but should be of intrinsic interest to any serious student of the American South. It gives a brief discussion of all the topics discussed in this book.
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