Black Wilmington and the North Carolina Way: Portrait of a Community in the Era of Civil Rights Protest (Google eBook)

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University Press of America, 2000 - History - 407 pages
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In this gripping narrative of the development of the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina, Dr. John L. Godwin brings to life the infamous case of the Wilmington Ten and the subsequent allegations of conspiracy. Through extensive research and interviews, he seeks to uncover some of the truth behind the actual events of the 1972 trial, while at the same time drawing readers in with the compelling details of the movement's origins in North Carolina and its ultimate outcome in one community. Dr. Godwin underscores his effort with a comprehensive exploration of the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of the locality, comparing it incisively to the earlier protests of the 1960s. His portrait joins that of scholars who have sought to describe the transformation brought about by black leadership on the local and state level, recounting both its victories and the frustrated hopes of local activists, in addition to how the new conservatism ultimately succeeded in co-opting the movement. For Wilmington, this is set against the background of North Carolina politics and civic culture, highlighting the role of Benjamin Chavis and his rise to national prominence. Filled with pictures that personalize this troubled era of American history, Dr. Godwin's book is an essential resource, not only to historians but also to students of public policy.
  

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Contents

In the Shadow of Jim Crow Black Wilmington and North Carolina Civic Culture 1898 to 1945
13
After the World Wars The Early Civil Rights Movement 1945 to 1954
42
The Era of Brown Massive Resistance Black Education and Community Mobilization 19541960
79
Entering the Mainstream Civil Rights and the North Carolina Way 1960 to 1963
112
The Trumpet Sounds Community Crisis And the Civil Rights Movement 1963 to 1964
141
The Walls Come Down The Political Economic and Cultural Transformation of Community Foundations 1964 to 1968
173
Taming a Whirlwind Civil Rights Leadership and the Crisis of Community Transformation 1968 to 1973
212
Conclusion
258
Coming of Age In a New Era of Conservatism
271
Appendix
300
NOTES
300
Selected Bibliography
379
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About the author (2000)

John L. Godwin received his Master's Degree and Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

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