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Author Daniel, Pete.

Title Lost revolutions : the South in the 1950s / Pete Daniel.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press for Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  975.043 DANI    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Book I Postwar Landscape -- 1 Going among Strangers 7 -- 2 Creation and Destruction 22 -- 3 Deprived and Mistreated 39 -- 4 A Rogue Bureaucracy 61 -- Book II Low Culture -- 5 Fast and Furious 91 -- 6 Rhythms of the Land 121 -- 7 A Little of the Rebel 148 -- Book III Fatal Divisions -- 8 Brothers of the Faith 179 -- 9 Restrained Segregationists 195 -- 10 Best White Citizens 209 -- 11 Sound of Silence 228 -- 12 Bibles and Bayonets 251 -- 13 Radical Departure 284.
Summary This sweeping work of cultural history explores a time of startling turbulence and change in the South, years that have often been dismissed as placid and dull. In the wake of World War II, southerners anticipated a peaceful and prosperous future, but as Pete Daniel demonstrates, the road into the 1950s took some unexpected turns.
Daniel chronicles the myriad forces that turned the world southerners had known upside down in the postwar period. In chapters that explore such subjects as the civil rights movement, segregation, and school integration; the breakdown of traditional agriculture and the ensuing rural-urban migration; gay and lesbian life; and the emergence of rock 'n' roll music and stock car racing, as well as the triumph of working-class culture, he reveals that the 1950s South was a place with the potential for revolutionary change.
In the end, however, the chance for significant transformation was squandered, Daniel argues. One can only imagine how different southern history might have been if politicians, the press, the clergy, and local leaders had supported democratic reforms that bestowed full citizenship on African Americans -- and how little would have been accomplished if a handful of blacks and whites had not taken risks to bring about the changes that did come.
Subject Nineteen fifties.
Southern States -- History -- 1951-
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
ISBN 0807825379 (alk. paper)
0807848484 (paperback: alk. paper)