There Goes My Everything by Jason Sokol
White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975

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During the civil rights movement, epic battles for justice were fought in the streets, at lunch counters, and in the classrooms of the American South. Just as many battles were waged, however, in the hearts and minds of ordinary white southerners whose world became unrecognizable to them. Jason Sokol’s vivid and unprecedented account of white southerners’ attitudes and actions, related in their own words, reveals in a new light the contradictory mixture of stubborn resistance and pragmatic acceptance–as well as the startling and unexpected personal transformations–with which they greeted the enforcement of legal equality.

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About Jason Sokol

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Jason Sokol grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in American history. He lives in Ithaca, New York, and teaches at Cornell University.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Sokol examines several agents of change, one of them old-fashioned peer pressure: In the case of Memphis restaurants, for instance, black protestors and the federal government faced less contempt than did “proprietors who stubbornly clung to white supremacy while others integrated.” White souther...

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A historian explores the complexities of white attitudes in the South during the civil rights era.

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The experiences of white Southerners during the period of the Civil Rights movement have, until now, gone largely unexplored.

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