Lost Revolutions The South in the 1950s

ISBN-10: 0807848484
ISBN-13: 9780807848487
Edition: 2000
Authors: Pete Daniel
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.92" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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 Americansand 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.

Pete Daniel has been both a professor of history and a public historian. He has served as president of the Southern Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians, and he currently lives in Washington, D.C. This is his seventh book.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Postwar Landscape
Going among Strangers
Creation and Destruction
Deprived and Mistreated
A Rogue Bureaucracy
Low Culture
Fast and Furious
Rhythms of the Land
A Little of the Rebel
Fatal Divisions
Brothers of the Faith
Restrained Segregationists
The Best White Citizens
The Sound of Silence
Bibles and Bayonets
Radical Departure
Notes
Index

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