Foreword / John David Smith -- 1. Founding a Movement -- 2. War, Race, and Confrontation -- 3. Postwar Reform and Its Limitations -- 4. Brown v. Board of Education -- 5. The Little Rock School Crisis -- 6. Dismantling Jim Crow -- 7. New Challenges
"Early civil-rights scholarship focused almost exclusively on the role played by national civil rights organizations between 1955 and 1965. John Kirk argues that only by understanding the groundwork laid by black activists at the grassroots level in the 1940s and 1950s can we fully understand the significance of later protests. Moreover, Kirk shows that local-level black activists and black organizations were not homogeneous, but differed significantly in their goals and strategies, thereby adding a multidimensional facet to a complex struggle that was more than just white against black."
"Drawing upon oral history interviews and new material garnered from activists' privately owned collections, as well as extensive documentation from local, state, regional, and national public archives, Redefining the Color Line charts new territory in the study of the Little Rock school crisis and forces a reevaluation of that familiar event and its place in the history of the civil rights struggle."--BOOK JACKET
Includes bibliographical references (pages -227) and index