Dividing lines : municipal politics and the struggle for civil rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma /

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Main Author: Thornton, J. Mills, 1943-
Format: Book
Published:Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2002.
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Main Author:Thornton, J. Mills, 1943-

With this bold offering from two decades of research, J. Mills Thornton III presents the story of the civil rights movement from the perspective of community-municipal history at the grassroots level. Thornton demonstrates that the movement had powerful local sources in its three birth cities--Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma. There, the arcane mechanisms of state and city governance and the missteps of municipal politicians and civic leaders--independent of emerging national trends in racial mores--led to the great swell of energy for change that became the civil rights movement.

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Physical Description:xi, 733 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [585]-696) and index.
ISBN:081731170X (cloth : alk. paper)
Author Notes:

J. Mills Thornton III is Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and author of Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama 1800-1860.

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