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"We Ain't What We Was": Civil Rights in the New South


by Michael Fultz 1999

In the Forward to Frederick Wirt's comprehensive and insightful work, "'We Ain't What We Was': Civil Rights in the New South," Gary Orfield comments starkly that, for a variety of reasons, "We know more about individual neighborhoods in some of the cities where our great universities are located than about the civil rights revolution in entire states" (xi). Indeed, lest we forget, a civil rights revolution of sorts did take place in our nation in the late 1950s and 1960s. More than a little ironically, however, its scope, depth, and importance is all-to-often diminished today, both because of ideological debates over the "correctness" of, and effects of, integration policy, and because of the lack of serious scholarly inquiry about, particularly, local and state outcomes in the South. For while the outcomes of the tremendous social change which transpired did not necessarily take us to the rarified "mountaintop" of complete political, educational, and economic equality, to mention the three domains that Wirt's volume analyzes in detail, "state-imposed apartheid... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 4, 1999, p. 895-898
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10348, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:50:12 PM

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