Chapter

Introduction

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395051.003.0000
Introduction

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This chapter describes the way the extent and importance of church kneel-ins have been underestimated in the historiography of the civil rights movement. It also addresses the unique way church desegregation campaigns function in local memory due to the unique moral identity of churches. Finally, the chapter reviews the difficulties involved in getting church and community members to talk about difficult memories of racially charged events several decades after they occurred.

Keywords: kneel-ins; civil rights historiography; memory; the most-segregated hour

Chapter.  2865 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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