The New Movement

Morgan Iwan

in From Sit-Ins to SNCC

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041513
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043883 | DOI:
The New Movement

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This chapter by Iwan Morgan analyses the nature of student civil rights protest in its seminal year. It explores how African American college students broke free from the constraints of time, place, and family to launch a new movement that: adopted innovative tactics of peaceful mass direct action; established its independence from the longer established civil rights organizations; considered youthful blacks to have more potential for boldness than older blacks in challenging Jim Crow; and was more interested in action than philosophy. It also examines the early belief of the youthful protesters that they would gain access to the material promise of American life through the overthrow of Jim Crow and their related conviction about the democratic justification of the U.S. cause in the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union.

Keywords: Students; Jim Crow; Sit-In movement; Cold War; 1960

Chapter.  9667 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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