History 604

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Civil Rights in U.S. and Virginia History

Instructor:
William G. Thomas

The course begins with segregation, traces its legal and social origins, and covers the development of the NAACP's legal strategy to destroy segregation, the impact of World War II on the civil rights movement, the political organization of Harry F. Byrd in Virginia, how the Byrd organization policies abetted segregation, and massive resistance in Virginia to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The course also treats these subjects in the context of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole in United States history. We will examine the local perspective on these national and state events through the eyes of participants and the course focuses on understanding the relationship between national and local events in history.

Civil Rights Demonstrator Courtesy of WDBJ Roanoke Virginia (04_19)

 

Related Documents

Gray Commission Report, Senate Document No. 1 Report on Public Education, 1955

Gov. Thomas Stanley Address to 1956 Special Session

Gov. Thomas Stanley Address to the 1955 Session, Senate Document No. 2, 1955

Gov. Thomas Stanley Address to the 1956 Session, Senate Document No. 1, 1956

Gov. Lindsay Almond Address to Legislature, 1958, Senate Document No. 3

Gov. Lindsay Almond Address to Legislature, 1959

Interposition Resolution and Supporting Documents, 1956 Senate Report, Senate Document No. 21

Perrow Commisssion Report, Senate Document No. 2 Report on Education in Virginia, Extra Session, 1959

Gov. Lindsay Almond Address, April 1959, House Document No. 1, Extra Session, 1959

Gov. Lindsay Almond Address, January 1959, Senate Document No. 1, Extra Session, 1959

All Byrd Documents

Dissenting Opinion from Harry Briggs Jr., June 23, 1951

 





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