The Battle of Ole Miss: Civil Rights v. States Rights

Paperback | June 18, 2010

byFrank Lambert

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James Meredith broke the color barrier in 1962 as the first African American student at Ole Miss. The violent riot that followed would be one of the most deadly clashes of the civil rights era, seriously wounding scores of U.S. Marshals and killing two civilians, forcing the federal governmentto send thousands of soldiers to restore the peace. Frank Lambert, who was a student at Ole Miss at the time and witnessed many of these events, here provides an engaging narrative of the tumultuous period surrounding Meredith's arrival at the University of Mississippi. Lambert excels at conveyingthe students' perspective of the riot and its aftermath. He explores why James Meredith deemed it important enough to risk his life to enter Ole Miss and why many of the white students resisted Meredith's joining the school. Perhaps most important, Lambert captures the complex and confused reactionsof the students, most of whom had never given race a second thought and many were not against Meredith attending Ole Miss.

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James Meredith broke the color barrier in 1962 as the first African American student at Ole Miss. The violent riot that followed would be one of the most deadly clashes of the civil rights era, seriously wounding scores of U.S. Marshals and killing two civilians, forcing the federal governmentto send thousands of soldiers to restore th...

Frank Lambert is Professor of History at the University of Purdue. (Ph. D. at Northwestern University). He specializes in Colonial and Revolutionary America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019538041X

ISBN - 13:9780195380415

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IntroductionAcknowledgmentsPart One: The Mississippi Way1. Growing Up Black in Mississippi2. Growing Up White in Mississippi3. Black GIs Challenge the "Mississippi Way"4. Whites Mobilize Against the "Second Reconstruction"Part Two: Confrontation at Ole Miss5. James Meredith Puts Ole Miss on Trial6. The Battle of Ole Miss7. Mission Accomplished: Ole Miss Integrated?8. Intended and Unintended Consequences