Restructured Resistance: The Sibley Commission and the Politics of Desegregation in Georgia

Restructured Resistance: The Sibley Commission and the Politics of Desegregation in Georgia

by Jeff Roche

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Overview

In the spring of 1960, unprecedented public hearings were held on segregation and the future of public education. These hearings, held by John Sibley and the Georgia General Assembly Committee on Schools, offered a rare glimpse into the reactions of southerners—black and white—to the changes wrought by the civil rights movement.

Restructured Resistance uses newly opened private papers, public records, newspaper reports, and oral history interviews to examine how the desegregation of public schools in Georgia reflected the evolution of southern society, economics, and politics. In the midst of crisis over segregation as a symbol of southern distinctiveness, the state legislature accepted the inevitable, adopted the Sibley Commission's proposals, and created a deliberate and more utilitarian form of defiance—a restructured resistance—rooted in contemporary practicality and corporate pragmatism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820338859
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JEFF ROCHE is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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