“In providing a fine-grained analysis of desegregation politics in Georgia, an informed comparative discussion of southern desegregation, and a history of this heretofore understudied commission, Roche’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of massive resistance or postwar southern politics.”
—Journal of Southern History
“While Roche has used the Commission’s records to analyze its work and its outcome in terms of Georgia’s political issues, a legitimate scholarly objective which he has accomplished successfully, he has also alerted students of the phenomenon to a rich documentary source relevant to understanding both white and black reaction to desegregation early in the process.”
Restructured Resistance uses newly opened private papers, public records, newspaper reports, and oral history interviews to examine how the desegregation of public schools in Georgia reflected the evolution of southern society, economics, and politics. In the midst of crisis over segregation as a symbol of southern distinctiveness, the state legislature accepted the inevitable, adopted the Sibley Commission's proposals, and created a deliberate and more utilitarian form of defiance--a restructured resistance--rooted in contemporary practicality and corporate pragmatism.
Read more about the Sibley Commission at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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