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Introduction

Tracy E. K’Meyer

in Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125398.003.0001
Introduction

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This section explores the story of civil rights in Louisville which illuminates how the city's location on the edge of the South, or as Louisvillians often put it, as a “gateway” between regions, shaped the local movement. It notes that because the history of the struggle for racial equality in this border city contains many parts of the stories of other regions, it provides new ways of looking at the movement as a whole. It further notes that historians and local commentators have called Louisville a gateway between North and South not only because of its location on the banks of the Ohio River, a traditional demarcation between the regions, but also because of its mixed economy, population, and regional identity.

Keywords: civil rights; Louisville; South; Louisvillians; gateway; racial equality; Ohio River; North

Chapter.  5513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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