After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965 by Timothy J. Minchin

By Timothy J. Minchin

Martin Luther King's 1965 deal with from Montgomery, Alabama, the guts of a lot racial clash on the time and the site of the well-publicized bus boycott a decade previous, is usually thought of by means of historians to be the end result of the civil rights period in American heritage. In his momentous speech, King declared that segregation used to be "on its deathbed" and that the stream had already accomplished major milestones. even though the civil rights flow had gained many battles within the fight for racial equality by means of the mid-1960s, together with laws to assure black balloting rights and to desegregate public lodgings, the struggle to enforce the hot legislation was once simply beginning. in fact, King's speech in Montgomery represented a brand new starting instead of a end to the flow, a incontrovertible fact that King stated within the address.After the Dream: Black and White Southerners on account that 1965 starts off the place many histories of the civil rights circulate finish, with King's victorious march from the enduring battleground of Selma to Montgomery. Timothy J. Minchin and John Salmond concentrate on occasions within the South following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 vote casting Rights Act. After the Dream examines the social, fiscal, and political implications of those legislation within the many years following their passage, discussing the empowerment of black southerners, white resistance, lodging and attractiveness, and the nation's political will. The e-book additionally presents a desirable heritage of the often-overlooked interval of race family members throughout the presidential administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, and either George H. W. and George W. Bush. finishing with the election of President Barack Obama, this examine will impression modern historiography at the civil rights flow.

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In the case of Hinds County, Mississippi, the agency noted in September 1965: “Inadequate plan rejected in June. ” Opposition was often concentrated in majority-black areas, as the notes from Calhoun County, South Carolina, illustrated: “75% of pupils Negro. ” While the problems were generally worse in the Deep South, some Upper South districts were also cited. 9 Despite these problems, the new legislation did secure some results. 10 Over the course of the 1965–1966 school year, the number of southern black children who were attending desegregated schools more than doubled.

Black pupils were often advised that white schools were overcrowded or were told that school buses did not run through “colored” areas. Others were informed that they would not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, or they were asked to produce complex documentation in order to transfer. In Baker County, Georgia, for instance, 165 black pupils applied for transfers, but only 22 were accepted. 12 38 • AFTER THE DREAM All these tactics were underpinned by coercion. In many cases, whites told their black employees that separate schools served both races well.

This bill will not satisfy or pacify the Negro. ” A resident of Hartwell, Georgia, Mrs. John Mark Temples felt moved to write the president. Penning her letter on the night of LBJ’s speech, she insisted that his actions were misguided. “Many [blacks] cannot write their own names,” she claimed. “If they were registered to vote, they have no idea what to vote for. Their votes could be bought by crooked politicians. ”60 In Washington, however, Johnson’s moving rhetoric helped speed the passage of the voting rights bill, which eased through Congress without a hitch.

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