“A New Negro Is About to Come on the Scene”:

Charles J. Holden

in The New Southern University

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134383
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135960 | DOI:
“A New Negro Is About to Come on the Scene”:

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This chapter examines how an increasingly assertive African American community caused UNC leaders to begin invoking their expertise to advocate caution against too much change, rather than using their expertise to hasten change as they had done in the 1920s. The crisis of the Great Depression offered a chance for southern progressives to push for changing southern race relations through the increasingly sympathetic presidential administration of Franklin Roosevelt. Civil rights for African Americans also began to find important success through Supreme Court rulings at the end of the 1930s. A now more fluid context surrounding segregation threw UNC leaders on the defensive: not to justify segregation at all costs, but to urge a much slower course of change than African American leaders and students wanted. The decade ended with African American students challenging directly the UNC's whites-only admissions policy, foreshadowing the freedom struggle of the 1950s.

Keywords: civil rights; New Deal; segregation; race relations; Great Depression; Supreme Court; Roosevelt

Chapter.  13519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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