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Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South

Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South - 02 edition

Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9781578064687

ISBN10: 1578064686

Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South by Ted Ownby, Tony Badger and David L. Chappell - ISBN 9781578064687
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Published:
International: No
Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South by Ted Ownby, Tony Badger and David L. Chappell - ISBN 9781578064687

ISBN13: 9781578064687

ISBN10: 1578064686


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Summary

In the 1950s and 1960s the American South was in upheaval. Brilliant thinkers and writers joined on-the-ground activists to challenge segregation and the South's long established Jim Crow society. The men and women who opposed them waged a war of words in favor of the status quo.

The essays in The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South examine the interplay of thought and action in a complex and turbulent moment in American history. Written by scholars in history, English, and religious studies, these essays explore ideas about religion, freedom, race, liberalism, and conservatism.

When people challenged authority, or defended it, what ideas did they uphold? What were their moral and intellectual standards? What language did they use, and what sources did they cite? What issues did they feel needed explaining, what issues did they take for granted, and what issues did they avoid?

Leading scholars investigate the wide range of conceptions, interpretations, and responses to the whirlwind of change. Some of the essays concentrate on intellectuals who were systematic thinkers who published their work to be studied, analyzed, and used. Four essays center on the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr., surely the most influential southern intellectual in the 1950s and 1960s. Other essays analyze the thoughts of people, such as civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and segregationist politician Jim Johnson, who never saw themselves as intellectuals.

The civil rights movement set the agenda for thought and action in the 1950s and 1960s. The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South begins by examining ideas prominent in the movement. It then studies the ideas of white moderates in the South, white conservatives, and African Americans who did not join the movement. Particular emphases include the relationship between theology and political life, the national and international contexts of southern thought, and the variety of southern intellectual interests.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Niebuhrisms and Myrdaleries: The Intellectual Roots of the Civil Rights Movement Reconsidered
The Civil Rights Movement as Theological Drama
Kingdom of God and Beloved Community in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beacon Light and Penumbra: African American Gospel Lyrics and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"
Fannie Lou Hamer: New Ideas for the Civil Rights Movement and American Democracy
"Closet Moderates": Why White Liberals Failed, 1940-1970
The Struggle Against Equality: Conservative Intellectuals in the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1975
Jim Johnson of Arkansas: Segregationist Prototype
Doubtless Sincere: New Characters in the Civil Rights Cast