The Civil Rights Movement Book Review by Nicky

The Civil Rights Movement
Reviews R.L. Norrell's book "Reaping the Whirl Wind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee (Alabama)", which looks at the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
# 129213 | 970 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper explains that R.L. Norrell's "Reaping the Whirl Wind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee", put names and personalities to characters that played significant roles in the Civil Rights Movement of the South and of this particular city, known for its long history of black and white relations. The work is significant, the author underscores, in that it follows the Civil Rights Movement in the South not from an accepted starting place, such as "Brown vs. Board of Education", but rather from the happenings of the 1930 and 40s that led up to these legal and constitutional changes. The paper stresses that the book is a significant work of historical value because it relates the real de facto changes and time line of the Civil Rights Movement.

From the Paper:

"Tuskegee voting patterns among blacks and white are also significant and thematic in the work because the desire of white voters to withhold these rights stemmed from the fact that blacks held a high majority in the community and therefore could realistically turn any election they wished to with collective effort. This reality was realized early in Tuskegee, as compared to other places, in the 1970s when 80% of elected officials were black, corresponding to an above 80% black population."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Norrell, R.L. (1998) Reaping the Whirl Wind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee. New York: Knopf.

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