Black Freedom, White Resistance, and Red Menace: Civil Rights and Anticommunism in the Jim Crow South

Black Freedom, White Resistance, and Red Menace: Civil Rights and Anticommunism in the Jim Crow South

by Yasuhiro Katagiri

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Overview

In Black Freedom, White Resistance, and Red Menace, Yasuhiro Katagiri offers the first scholarly work to illuminate an important but largely unstudied aspect of U.S. civil rights history -- the collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between professional anti-Communists in the North and segregationist politicians in the South.

In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Soon after -- while the political demise of U.S. senator Joseph R. McCarthy unfolded -- northern anti-Communists looked to the South as a promising new territory in which they could expand their support base and continue their cause. Southern segregationists embraced the assistance, and the methods, of these Yankee collaborators, and utilized the "northern messiahs" in executing a massive resistance to the Supreme Court's desegregation decrees and the civil rights movement in general. Southern white leadership framed black southerners' crusades for social justice and human dignity as a foreign scheme directed by nefarious outside agitators, "race-mixers," and, worse, outright subversives and card-carrying Communists.

Based on years of extensive archival research, Black Freedom, White Resistance, and Red Menace explains how a southern version of McCarthyism became part of the opposition to the civil rights movement in the South, an analysis that leads us to a deeper understanding and appreciation for what the freedom movement -- and those who struggled for equality -- fought to overcome.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807153130
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Series: Making the Modern South
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Yasuhiro Katagiri received his doctorate in American history and government from International Christian University in Tokyo. A historian of the American South, the civil rights movement, and white southerners' massive resistance, he teaches American history and American studies at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Merging Southern Parochialism with Americanism: Black Monday and White Fears in the Troubled South 1

1 Crying Aloud and Sparing Not: Myers G. Lowman, J. B. Matthews, and the Politics of Insecurity 23

2 "Communism and Integration Are Inseparable": Louisiana as the Harbinger of Segregationist Anti-Communist Inquisitions in the South 58

3 With Unwisdom, Injustice, and Immoderation: A Southern-Flavored McCarthyism in Georgia 93

4 "A Peaceful People Have Been Torn Asunder by the Communist Conspiracy": The Little Rock Desegregation Crisis in Arkansas as a Turning Point in Massive Resistance 119

5 "Run 'Em Out, Boys, Run 'Em Out": Webs of Suspicion, Suppression, and Suffocation in Tennessee and Florida 145

6 "We Must Identify the Traitors in Our Midst": Red Hearings, Red Herrings, and Red Machiavellianism in Mississippi 170

7 "This Is a Part of the World Communist Conspiracy": The White South's Desperate Stand against the Civil and Voting Rights Acts 208

Conclusion: "No Lie Can Live Forever": From Massive Resistance to Massive Fallacy 240

Abbreviations and Shortened References Used in Notes 261

Notes 265

Bibliography 335

Index 375

Illustrations follow page 144

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