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Massive ResistanceSouthern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction$
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Clive Webb

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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The Fight for “Freedom of Association”: Segregationist Rights and Resistance in Atlanta

The Fight for “Freedom of Association”: Segregationist Rights and Resistance in Atlanta

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(p.99) Five The Fight for “Freedom of Association”: Segregationist Rights and Resistance in Atlanta
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Massive Resistance
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Kevin M. Kruse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177862.003.0006

This chapter reveals how white parents used the rationale of “freedom of association” to protect their children from attending school with African Americans. It discusses that when it became apparent that the public school system would be desegregated, whites applied the same line of reasoning in reenrolling their children at private religious academies. It notes that these institutions had supposedly suffered defeat. It argues that the emphasis white Atlantans placed on the right to make choices for their children free of governmental inference was not merely a conceit intended to conceal their crude racial prejudice.

Keywords:   freedom of association, Atlanta, Segregationist, African American, private religious academy, racial prejudice

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