"Not only the best history of the civil rights struggle in Louisiana, it may be the best treatment of the civil rights movement, period."
—New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Should be compulsory reading for those interested in the affirmative action debate."
"A powerfully written narrative of the local forces that made the movement possible."
"Fairclough has provided the most exhaustive study to date linking the pre- and post-Brown struggles for equality."
—Journal of American History
"[An] absorbing history of racial activism."
"A truly first-rate and significant piece of work . . . A landmark achievement."
—David Garrow, author of Bearing the Cross
"He reminds us that Louisiana Blacks faced a white opposition as brutal, fierce and unyielding as did their Alabama and Mississippi counterparts. . . . Fairclough [has] made the history of the Southern freedom struggle more complete."
—Julian Bond, Black Issues in Higher Education
“Offers, in terms of timing and place, a new conceptualization of the civil rights movement . . . Detailed and persuasive, Race and Democracy is a valuable work.”
—Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
“Complex, rich, and sweeping . . . This is an important book, solidly researched and argued, the result of diligent and impressive combing of massive amounts of primary source material. Race and Democracy is much more than a state and local study; it informs our larger understanding of the civil rights movement in important ways that deal with generational issues, organizational policies and quirks, and the deep roots of that struggle in past decades.”
—Journal of Southern History
Fairclough takes readers to the grass roots of the movement as it was defiantly advanced and resisted in scores of places like New Orleans shipyards, the voter registrar’s office in Opelousas, and the Little Union Baptist Church in Shreveport. He traces the social networks that sustained black activism, such as Masonic lodges and teachers’ associations, and he also analyzes white responses to the movement as expressed through political factions, trade unions, business lobbies, the Catholic Church, White Citizens Councils, and the Ku Klux Klan.
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