Postwar Campaigns for Citizens’ Rights

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:
Postwar Campaigns for Citizens’ Rights

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This chapter discusses the story of the Interracial Hospital Movement (IHM) which contains many of the elements characteristic of the early civil rights movement in postwar Louisville. It provides that as in the IHM, a variety of black, white, and biracial worker, religious, youth, and civic organizations came together in ad hoc interracial coalitions to target specific problems, developing a tradition in the city of white and black cooperation in equal rights campaigns. It notes that in this period, Louisville activists argued that African Americans as citizens had the right to equal access to tax-supported jobs and facilities, identifying them as two linked manifestations of government-enforced Jim Crow. It emphasizes that piecemeal success in these areas laid the groundwork for the city's progressive self-image as a leader for the South in race relations, an image that played a significant role in struggles throughout the movement era.

Keywords: Interracial Hospital Movement; civil rights movement; postwar campaigns; Louisville; interracial coalitions; equal rights campaign; African Americans; Jim Crow; race relations; citizen's rights

Chapter.  11563 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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