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The Band Played Dixie: Race and the Liberal Conscience at Ole Miss

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Mississippi, with its rich and dramatic history, holds a special place in the civil rights movement. Perhaps no other institution in that state, or in the South as a whole, has been more of a battleground for race relations or a barometer for progress than the University of Mississippi. Even the school's affectionate nickname - Ole Miss - bespeaks its place in the legacy o ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 5th 1997 by Free Press
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Denise Gee
Oct 14, 2012 Denise Gee rated it it was amazing


This is a well-written soap opera from hell. But if only it were fiction. Learning what bureaucratic tangle was woven by the University of Mississippi to keep a handful of brave African Americans off its student roster is beyond eye-opening. (So was finding out what "Ole Miss" means: It's is the expression slaves used for the wife of a plantation owner.)
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Oct 18, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it
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I recommend this book. Challenging read that is forcing me to seek a more nuanced view of southern culture and tradition. There's some bad history and tradition there that I sometimes just don't want to deal with.

The book recounts the history of race relations at Ole Miss from its founding to about 2012. Pretty factual without expressing a lot of slant/opinion. The timeline of the handling of the James Meredith situation is fascinating; made me so angry with the Ross Barnetts and Judge Mizes of
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Ash Crowe
May 31, 2008 Ash Crowe rated it really liked it
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Fascinating look at integration at Univ of Mississippi. Most compelling is that the book does not start and stop with James Meredith but instead covers the university's entire history from pre-Civil War to the 1990s to show how history acts, covers, and reacts in context.
A.
Feb 11, 2008 A. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people intered in the Civil Right Movement and racial conflict in the South.
A history of racial conflict at Ole Miss, and of the controversial practice of playing Dixie and waving the Confederate flag at their football and basketball games. Stark, surprising, sad, and well-written.
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Feb 20, 2011 Rmorgan1 rated it it was amazing
gives a historical account and brings to life the struggle of the civil rights movement right in the heart of dixie
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