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Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa

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Opening the Doors is a wide-ranging account of the University of Alabama’s 1956 and 1963 desegregation attempts, as well as the little-known story of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s, own civil rights movement.


Whereas E. Culpepper Clark’s The Schoolhouse Door remains the standard history of the University of Alabama’s desegregation, in Opening the Doors B. J. Hollars focuses on Tusc
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 14th 2013 by University Alabama Press (first published March 1st 2013)
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Catherine Stickann
Opening the Doors by B.J. Hollars is a well researched history of The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa. Though the book is a scholarly piece, it is written in a comfortable manner for the everyday reader. It reads like a novel. Having lived through this time in history this read brought back many memories of sitting near the TV watching the nightly news about the riots, marches and violence in the South. The book explores the people from ...more
Richard Stickann
Aug 14, 2013 Richard Stickann rated it it was amazing
Opening the Doors by B.J Hollars tells of a small star of light in the vast universe of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
I was only thirteen when the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa was integrated. For me there was more to think about growing up on the south side of Chicago than segregation in a part of the country I knew nothing about. In a few more years that changed and that movement, and many others,. guided my adult years. So the story told in Hollars’ book opens the doo
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Jun 25, 2013 Virginia rated it it was amazing
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I was in high school during this time in history. I live in Wisconsin. At that time I do not even know if I saw an African-American in my daily travels.
this book related what went on at the University of Alabama when the two students applied for entrance to the college.
The book went over everything that happened to the students enrolling, the white students at the university, the administration, the towns people and the police . Of course, federal and state officials also got involved.
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Brianne Cronenwett
Nov 19, 2014 Brianne Cronenwett rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written. It is evident that Hollars did very thorough research before writing the story of desegregation in Tuscaloosa. As I am currently in Tuscaloosa it was crazy to go by the landmarks from this book and realize the historical significance of the buildings and parks. The way that Hollars writes makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I can't praise the book enough, I may have been required to read it, but I plan on passing my copy around to family ...more
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B.J. Hollars is the author of two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America—the 2012 recipient of the Society of Midland Author’s Award—and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Tuscaloosa forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. His short story collection, Sightings, is forthcoming from Break Away ...more
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