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Author Wirt, Frederick M.

Title We ain't what we was : civil rights in the new South / Frederick M. Wirt ; [with a foreword by Gary Orfield]
Published Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1997

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Description xvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Foreword / Gary Orfield -- Pt. I. The Context for Change. 1. Setting the Community Scene. 2. Regional Changes in the South, 1970-1990. 3. Panola's Pre-1970 Response to Civil Rights -- Pt. II. Institutional and Individual Changes in Panola. 4. Local Politics and Black Empowerment. 5. South Panola and Desegregation. 6. Two Responses to Desegregation in North Panola. 7. The Results for Students in Different Systems. 8. The Local Economy and Political Regimes -- Pt. III. Internal and External Concepts of Race and Law. 9. Local Perspectives on Race and Law. 10. The Theoretical Context of Race and Law -- App. A. Student Sense-of-Self Questionnaire -- App. B. Regression Tables of Student Responses
Summary Wirt uses multiple indicators - interviews with leaders, attitude tests of children, content analysis of newspapers, school records, and voting and job data - to record what has changed in the Deep South as a result of the 60s revolution in civil rights. Although racism continues to exist in Panola, Wirt maintains that the current generation of southerners is sharply distinguished from its predecessors, and he effectively documents the transformation in individuals and institutions
When officials of the U.S. Department of Justice came in 1961 to Panola County in the Mississippi Delta, they found a closed society in which race relations had not altered significantly since Reconstruction. Much has changed, however, in Mississippi in the past three decades, as Frederick Wirt demonstrates in "We Ain't What We Was," a remarkable look inside the New South. In this follow-up to his highly praised 1970 study of Panola County, The Politics of Southern Equality, Wirt shows how the implementation of civil rights law over the past quarter-century altered racial reality, which in turn altered white perceptions, and thus behavior and attitudes, in a section of the country where segregation and prejudice had been most thoroughly entrenched
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-281) and index
Subject African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Panola County.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975-
Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Panola County.
Panola County (Miss.) -- Politics and government.
Panola County (Miss.) -- Social conditions.
LC no. 96032710
ISBN 0822318938 (paperback: alk. paper)
0822319012 (cloth : alk. paper)