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Born along the Color Line: The 1933 Amenia Conference and the Rise of a National Civil Rights Movement

Eben Miller


In August, 1933, dozens of people gathered amid seven large, canvas tents in a field near Amenia, in upstate New York. Joel Spingarn, president of the board of the NAACP, had called a conference to revitalize the flagging civil rights organization. In Amenia, such old lions as the 65 year-old W. E. B. DuBois would mingle with “the coming leaders of Negro thought.” It was a fascinating encounter that would transform the civil rights movement. This book narrates how this little-known conference brought together a remarkable young group of African American activists, capturing through the lives o ... More

Keywords: Amenia, New York, NAACP, W. E. B. DuBois, Juanita Jackson, Ralph Bunche, Abram Harris, Louis Redding, Moran Weston, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195174557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eben Miller, author
Southern Maine Community College, Professor of History