Civil Rights in the Whitest State: Vermont's Perceptions of Civil Rights, 1945-1968 (Hardback)
  • Civil Rights in the Whitest State: Vermont's Perceptions of Civil Rights, 1945-1968 (Hardback)

Civil Rights in the Whitest State: Vermont's Perceptions of Civil Rights, 1945-1968 (Hardback)

£39.95
Hardback Published: 01/11/1997
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

This book convincingly demonstrates that the national struggle for black civil rights raged not only on the campuses, courtrooms, voting booths, and establishments of the South, but also as far north as Vermont. With 519 black residents in 1960, barely .1% of the state's population, Vermont was considered to be the "whitest state in the Union." As the first state to prohibit slavery and grant universal male suffrage, many of Vermont's citizens fancied themselves enlightened advocates of racial and political egalitarianism. Most considered the national movement for black equality to be primarily an effort to desegregate the South in the North's image. In Civil Rights in the Whitest State, Stephen M. Wrinn explains why residents' reactions to the movement did not conform to their self-perceptions of racial enlightenment. Using a wealth of primary evidence, the author shows how the movement's shifting focus from voting rights to public accommodations and fair housing raised Vermonters' apprehensions that compulsory integration threatened their rights of associations, privacy, and private property. Many Vermonters who supported a civil rights movement confined to the South resisted modifying their own practices and denied that racial discrimination existed in the state. Wrinn demonstrates how Vermont Senator George D. Aiken reflected the sentiments of many Vermonters at the national level by providing a crucial compromise that secured passage of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the nation's history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761808282

You may also be interested in...

Your review has been submitted successfully.

We would love to hear what you think of Waterstones. Why not review Waterstones on Trustpilot?


Review us on Trustpilot