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Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Age Before Brown

Kimberley Johnson

Abstract

Historians of the Civil Rights era typically treat the key events of the 1950s Brown v. Board of Education — sit-ins, bus boycotts, and marches — as contributing toward a revolutionary social upheaval that upended a rigid caste system. While the 1950s was a watershed era in Southern and civil rights history, the tendency has been to paint the preceding Jim Crow era as a brutal system that featured none of the progressive reform impulses so apparent at the federal level and in the North. As the author shows in this reappraisal of the Jim Crow era, this argument is too simplistic, and is true to ... More

Keywords: civil rights, sit-ins, bus boycotts, marches, social upheaval, caste system, Jim Crow, progressive reform, political development, black reformers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387421.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Johnson, author
Barnard College
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