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Introduction Why Prince Edward County?

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.003.0001
Introduction Why Prince Edward County?

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Prince Edward County (PEC), Virginia, was the neglected chapter in American civil rights history. The racial history of Prince Edward is rich and complex. The county's pliable race relations allowed blacks a limited voice in legal matters. The end of the Civil War radically reshaped race relations in the county and beyond. This book is a political history and analysis that tries to discover why Prince Edward, alone among localities, elected to abandon public education for five years. It uses Prince Edward as a case study to examine rhetorical defenses of racial segregation. It is also employed to study the use of legal mobilization and direct-action tactics in addressing racial inequalities, assessing how and when legal mobilization and direct action may result in tangible benefits. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: Prince Edward County; American civil rights; race relations; Civil War; political history; public education; legal mobilization; racial inequalities

Chapter.  7362 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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