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Defying Dixie by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
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Jun 28, 11

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Read from June 20 to 28, 2011

This books is amazing.

Most people hear civil rights and they start with names like Rosa Parks and MLK. Gilmore goes into the less celebrated but extremely important and interesting long civil rights movement that preceded the stage most of us are familiar with. This is an era where civil rights was strongly tied to labor movements, communism, the New Deal, and various student organizations in southern universities like UNC.

This book is also amongst one of the most carefully researched and cited works I've read on any topic. In some sections there's a citation every two or three sentences. When one looks at the quantity, quality, and diversity of sources in the end notes of this text, one cannot help but admire the sheer amount of work and commitment that went into synthesizing this excellent piece.

I highly recommend this work to anyone who's willing to pick it up and engage themselves with it. It is a very long but very enjoyable work that will dramatically change your understanding of the origins of the American civil rights movement, and how that movement shaped and was shaped by the outside world.
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