Lecture Description

This lecture uses Los Angeles as a case study to talk about post-World War II opposition to civil rights in grassroots battles over housing and schools. At the local level, opponents of civil rights shifted from emphasizing a “right to discriminate” to a more race-neutral “freedom of choice,” opposing race-conscious measures to combat inequality with colorblind conservatism, which was far more effective than violent resistance, and originated in places like California as well as Mississippi.


Civil Rights Race

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