Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's Capital by Joan QuigleyJust Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's Capital by Joan Quigley

Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's…

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In January of 1950, Mary Church Terrell, an 86-year-old charter member of the NAACP, headed into Thompson's Restaurant, just a few blocks from the White House, and requested to be served. She and her companions were informed by the manager that they could not eat in his establishment, becausethey were "colored." Terrell, a former suffragette and one of the country's first college-educated African American women, took the matter to court. Three years later, the Supreme Court vindicated her outrage: United States v. Thompson was decided in June 1953, invalidating the segregation ofrestaurants and cafes in the nation's capital. In Just Another Southern Town, Joan Quigley recounts an untold chapter of the civil rights movement: an epic battle to topple segregation in Washington, the symbolic home of American democracy. At the book's heart is the formidable Mary Terrell and the test case she mounts seeking to enforceReconstruction-era laws prohibiting segregation in D.C. restaurants. Through the prism of Terrell's story, Quigley reassesses Washington's relationship to civil rights history, bringing to life a pivotal fight for equality that erupted five years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of aMontgomery bus and a decade before the student sit-in movement rocked segregated lunch counters across the South. At a time when most civil rights scholarship begins with Brown v. Board of Education, Just Another Southern Town unearths the story of the nation's capital as an early flashpoint on race. A rich portrait of American politics and society in the mid-20th century, it interweaves Terrell's narrativewith the courtroom drama of the case and the varied personalities of the justices who ultimately voted unanimously to prohibit segregated restaurants. Resonating with gestures of courage and indignation that radiate from the capital's streets and sidewalks to its marble-clad seats of power, thiswork restores Mary Church Terrell and the case that launched a crusade to their rightful place in the pantheon of civil rights history.

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Joan Quigley is a lawyer and journalist who lives in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy.
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Title:Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue: January 27, 19501. On to the Battlefield2. The Greatest Woman that We Have3. They Come Standing Erect4. An Example for All the World5. The Radicalization of Mary Church Terrell6. Segregation Will Go7. This Thing Can Be Licked8. A Bigger Step Is in Order9. Eat AnywhereEpilogue: Until Full and Final VictoryAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliography