The Civil Rights Revolution

Events and Leaders, 1955–1968

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From the Supreme Court’s decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1955 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968—African American students, lawyers, ministers and communities conducted a successful nonviolent campaign against the system of American apartheid in eleven states.
This work is organized into four sections. The first describes apartheid in the U.S. before Brown v. Board of Education. The causes of the revolution—the enforcement of apartheid laws by state governments, courts, police, and the KKK—are also analyzed. The second presents 54 confrontations in the struggle for Civil Rights—including court cases, boycotts, sit-ins, marches, demonstrations, and the desegregation of cities and schools—from the Moton High student strike (in Farmville, Virginia) in 1951 to 1969’s hospital workers’ strike in Charleston. The third is a series of 60 biographical profiles of leaders giving their educational and civil rights achievements. This section also includes a list of 40 historically significant activist organizations. The fourth section discusses six important Civil Rights laws and concludes with the general accomplishments of the struggle.

About the Author(s)

The late Frederic O. Sargent was an institutional economist, writer and professor emeritus of University of Vermont. Author of several books on environmental planning and history, he divided his time between Charlotte, Vermont and Sarasota, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Frederic O. Sargent
Foreword by Bill Maxwell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1914-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8422-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword      xv

Preface      1

Part I: Prelude to Revolution      3

Part II: Nonviolent Activists v. the Establishment      13

Part III: Leaders of the Revolution      133

Part IV: Accomplishments      173

Conclusion      179

Bibliography      181

Index      185