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Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South

Campbell, Clarice T.

Verlag: University Press of Mississippi, 1997
ISBN 10: 0878059539 / ISBN 13: 9780878059539
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Titel: Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the ...

Verlag: University Press of Mississippi

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Anyone who says nothing has changed must have forgotten or never have known the daily indignities, not to mention the powerless position, of African Americans in the South before the 1960s. A white California teacher named Clarice T. Campbell wrote detailed letters to family and friends about her small adventures while studying at the universities of Alabama and Mississippi and teaching at black Mississippi and South Carolina colleges. She was a keen eyewitness during troubled times. her letters reveal a time and a place as well as her observant, feeling nature. Motivated to educate or remind, Campbell has collected and edited these amazing letters. They tell of racial injustice she encountered, whether shopping, having her car repaired, or dining in cafes and restaurants. Everywhere, she recognized matters that she deemed wrong. But only she and a few others dared to speak out. With her clear insight into a closed society being broken open, these collective letters to the world. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0878059539

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Inhaltsangabe: An outsider's correspondence that documents the fight for civil rights in the Deep South

Rezension: In more ways than one, Clarice T. Campbell was a friend of the civil rights movement. An indefatigable campaigner for desegregation, Campbell was also an inveterate letter-writer; the fact that many of her letters concerned civil rights has come as a boon and a blessing for historians of that era. The letters Campbell wrote to family and friends during the heyday of the early sixties have been collected in Civil Rights Chronicle, an eyewitness account of a troubled time.

Campbell's involvement in civil rights began in Pasadena where she worked as a teacher and helped integrate her local schools. When her husband died, Campbell moved south and began teaching history in black colleges. During those years she wrote detailed, perceptive letters that described the clash of race and culture from ground zero. What becomes immediately apparent is the importance of both individual and communal acts; the heroism of such figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks is admirable and necessary, but without organizations like the SCLC or the NAACP, they wouldn't have gotten far. Civil Rights Chronicle offers valuable reading for professional historians and anyone interested in America's troubled racial history.

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