By David S. Cecelski
David Cecelski chronicles some of the most sustained and winning protests of the civil rights movement—the 1968-69 institution boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. for a complete 12 months, the county's black voters refused to ship their young children to varsity in protest of a desegregation plan that required last traditionally black faculties of their distant coastal neighborhood. mom and dad and scholars held nonviolent protests day-by-day for 5 months, marched two times at the kingdom capitol in Raleigh, and drove the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in a big gunfight.The threatened final of Hyde County's black faculties collided with a wealthy and colourful academic historical past that had helped to maintain the black group due to the fact that Reconstruction. As different southern college forums commonly closed black faculties and displaced their academic leaders, Hyde County blacks started to worry that faculty desegregation used to be undermining—rather than enhancing—this legacy. This booklet, then, is the tale of 1 county's striking fight for civil rights, yet even as it explores the struggle for civil rights in all of jap North Carolina and the dismantling of black schooling during the South.
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Fading with the timber boomtowns, the county lost at least 10 percent of its population every decade after 1900, and the total had fallen under 7,000 by the 1950s. Wilderness had by then reclaimed several villages that had been prosperous in the nineteenth century. Even lumber mill towns that boasted a post office, motels, boarding houses, bars, railroad lines, and regular boat traffic in 1900 had vanished by 1954. 5 Only the elderly Page 19 could recognize Makleyville, Piney Woods, Hydeland, or Wapoppin in clusters of old brick cisterns and forsaken outbuildings.
Housing was no less segregated. Black citizens did not live in downtown Swan Quarter, but in Job's Corner or farther out in the country. White authorities did not even allow black guides or hunters on the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. 12 The subtle permutations of segregation and their capacity to disempower black citizens often seemed inexhaustible. S. government check without a white person vouching for his good name. Although racial segregation was generally inviolable, there was on occasion some flexibility in the barrier between blacks and whites.
Along freedom road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the fate of Black schools in the South / by David S. Cecelski. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN 0-8078-2126-8 (alk. paper). : alk. paper) 1. Segregation in educationNorth CarolinaHyde CountyCase studies. 2. School closingsNorth CarolinaHyde CountyCase studies. 3. Afro-Americans EducationNorth CarolinaHyde County Case studies. I. Title. 19'344'09756184-dc2093-32687 CIP 98 975 4 3 2 To Laura Contents Acknowledgments xi Introduction 7 Prologue, 1954-1964 17 Chapter 1 White Folks' Ways 31 Chapter 2 Tired of Having to Bear the Burdens 59 Chapter 3 Once in Our Lifetimes 83 Chapter 4 Another Birmingham?
Along freedom road: Hyde County, North Carolina and the fate of Black schools in the South by David S. Cecelski