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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Only in America

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(p.261) Epilogue Only in America
Carolina Israelite

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

University of North Carolina Press

This epilogue affirms Harry Golden’s critical role in the fight against racial discrimination. It argues that Golden provided a reminder that the Civil Rights Movement was not a unified effort but a complicated convergence of old hatreds, postwar changes in the economy, and new expectations by African Americans. The carefully preserved speeches, legislation, and manifestos of politicians and movement leaders give a partial view of the upheaval of the time. Golden’s straightforward editorializing in the Carolina Israelite expands and colors the picture. His ability to communicate the everyday injustices and common needs faced by African Americans was a bridge that brought many white Americans into sympathy with, or at least some understanding of, the struggle for civil rights. When delivering speeches to regular folks around the country, Golden used his stories to convey a simple message: that one’s everyday acts of bravery or cowardice were of real consequence.

Keywords:   Harry Golden, racial discrimination, Civil Rights Movement, Carolina Israelite, African Americans, white Americans, injustice

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