White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945–1975
Jason Sokol Vintage, 2006 ISBN 9780307275509
Softcover, 464 pp. 5.28 X 7.94 X 0.95 inches | 0.93 pounds
During the civil rights movement, epic battles for justice were fought in the streets, at lunch counters, and in the classrooms of the American South. Just as many battles were waged, however, in the hearts and minds of ordinary white southerners whose world became unrecognizable to them. Jason Sokol's vivid and unprecedented account of white southerners' attitudes and actions, related in their own words, reveals in a new light the contradictory mixture of stubborn resistance and pragmatic acceptance-as well as the startling and unexpected personal transformations-with which they greeted the enforcement of legal equality.