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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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: The Perilous Climb

: The Perilous Climb

(p.323) Epilogue: The Perilous Climb
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how much of the white South fought tooth and nail to preserve the racial caste system until blacks took to the streets and demanded change. National leaders found southern segregation an embarrassment in international relations. By the early 1960s, the civil rights revolution was gripping the land. Within the South, especially North Carolina, a few elected officials began to support more racial equality, some overtly and others covertly. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended legal segregation in public places. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated political stratagems that southern states had adopted to block African Americans from voting. Race remained a powerful undercurrent in politics. Yet over the decades, attitudes gradually began to soften.

Keywords:   white South, racial caste system, southern segregation, international relations, civil rights revolution

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