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Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s

Robert Cohen

In the 1960s, southern college campuses--both historically black and predominantly white--became powerful centers of student dissent, activism, and protest.

Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of the Choice ACRL

Rebellion in Black and White offers a panoramic view of southern student activism in the 1960s. Original scholarly essays demonstrate how southern students promoted desegregation, racial equality, free speech, academic freedom, world peace, gender equity, sexual liberation, Black Power, and the personal freedoms associated with the counterculture of the decade.

Most accounts of the 1960s student movement and the New Left have been northern-centered, focusing on rebellions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, and others. And yet, students at southern colleges and universities also organized and acted to change race and gender relations and to end the Vietnam War. Southern students took longer to rebel due to the south's legacy of segregation, its military tradition, and its Bible Belt convictions, but their efforts were just as effective as those in the north. Rebellion in Black and White sheds light on higher education, students, culture, and politics of the American south. Edited by Robert Cohen and David J. Snyder, the book features the work of both seasoned historians and a new generation of scholars offering fresh perspectives on the civil rights movement and many others.


Dan T. Carter
David T. Farber
Jelani Favors
Wesley Hogan
Christopher A. Huff
Nicholas G. Meriwether
Gregg L. Michel
Kelly Morrow
Doug Rossinow
Cleveland L. Sellers Jr.
Gary S. Sprayberry
Marcia G. Synnott
Jeffrey A. Turner
Erica Whittington
Joy Ann Williamson-Lott

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: May 1st, 2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.30in - 6.40in - 1.20in - 1.40lb
  • EAN: 9781421408491
  • Categories: United States - State & Local - South (AL,AR,FL,GA,KY,LA,MS,United States - 20th CenturyHistory

About the Author

Cohen, Robert: - Robert Cohen is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University.
Praise for this book
This collection makes a strong contribution to the prevailing conversation about student activism with its less-told, and often surprising, narratives from the South.
--John Blythe, North Carolina Historical Review
This quality volume is an excellent foundation for scholars eager to further complicate our understanding of 1960s activism nationally.
--Benjamin Houston, Journal of American History
This fine volume on southern student activism in the 1960s offers a timely reminder -- several actually -- of a troubled and not so distant past. . . An impressive range of well-argued, fresh contributions.
--Charles J. Holden, Journal of Southern History
Taken together, this collection of taut, well-organized essays reveals the contest that the decade of the 1960s was, and its memory remains. . . This well-balanced collection should contribute in important ways to ongoing efforts to bring greater nuance to narratives of the 1960s, the South, and the nation as a whole.
--David Taft Terry, History
An excellent starting point for anyone wanting to understand the protests of the 1960s . . . Essential.