The Brown Decision, Jim Crow, and Southern Identity - Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures (Hardback)James C. Cobb (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 15 mm
An erudite and eminently readable corrective to academia's trendy fad of being 'down on Brown.' Professor Cobb's bracing analysis is impressively persuasive.--David J. Garrow "author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bearing the Cross "
Should be read by all who study the Civil Rights movement and the twentieth century South. The perspectives that Cobb advances in these essays are sure to stimulate renewed inquiry into our assumptions about the South and the role of race in crafting its history and heritage.--Arkansas Review
An extremely useful model of interdisciplinary legal history.--Law and History Review
[A] provocative book that promises not only to recast historical debate over Brown, but also to encourage a broader understanding of southern identity. . . . Cobb's lectures are wonderfully concise and readable. . . . Even the 'naysayers' would concede Cobb's point that despite our inability to live up to the moral implications of the decision, Brown remains a catalytic event that deserves its central place in the history of twentieth-century America--North Carolina Historical Review
Cobb's ornery but learned Lamar lectures compose a powerful assertion of the centrality of the Brown decision to the South's racial progress in the twentieth century. Those who have said otherwise get taken to the woodshed in this lively little book.--Robert J. Norrell "author of The House I Live In: Race in the American Century "
A useful tonic for those who have grown tired of the down on Brown crowd of historians and other academics whose chorus of despair amounts to a din of negativity. . . . Responds to the criticism over Brown with insight, cleverness, and powerful historical argument . . . For anyone interested in southern historiography, this book offers a look at the thoughts of a leading practitioner and his take on the major themes of southern history. . . . This book is a good brief look at the issue of southern identity, where it came from and where it is headed. . . . Highly recommended, and will certainly leave the reader wanting to explore the subject even more.--H-Net
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