In Black Freedom, White Resistance, and Red Menace, Yasuhiro
Katagiri offers the first scholarly work to illuminate an important
but largely unstudied aspect of U.S. civil rights history -- the
collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between
professional anti-Communists in the North and segregationist
politicians in the South.
In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public
schools with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Soon after --
while the political demise of U.S. senator Joseph R. McCarthy
unfolded -- northern anti-Communists looked to the South as a
promising new territory in which they could expand their support
base and continue their cause. Southern segregationists embraced
the assistance, and the methods, of these Yankee collaborators, and
utilized the "northern messiahs" in executing a massive resistance
to the Supreme Court's desegregation decrees and the civil rights
movement in general. Southern white leadership framed black
southerners' crusades for social justice and human dignity as a
foreign scheme directed by nefarious outside agitators,
"race-mixers," and, worse, outright subversives and card-carrying
Based on years of extensive archival research, Black Freedom,
White Resistance, and Red Menace explains how a southern version of
McCarthyism became part of the opposition to the civil rights
movement in the South, an analysis that leads us to a deeper
understanding and appreciation for what the freedom movement -- and
those who struggled for equality -- fought to overcome.
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