The Civil Rights Movement Reconsidered: A Battle against the “Plantation Mentality”

Lecture Description

Although most books on the Civil Rights Movement refer to it as a “freedom struggle,” far fewer delve deeply into the meanings of freedom a century removed from the Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, most works focus nearly exclusively on the well-known campaigns against segregation and disfranchisement. In this talk, Green brings a new view to this history by discussing struggles of the quarter century after World War II as challenges to the “plantation mentality.” This term, used by many local activists, encompasses not only these best known protest movements, but also those addressing such issues as labor, the censorship of popular culture, neighborhood problems, and police brutality.


Civil Rights Social Movements

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