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Full Court Press: Mississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball

Jason A. Peterson


During the civil rights era, Mississippi was cloaked in the hateful embrace of the Closed Society, historian James Silver’s description of the white caste system that enforced segregation and promoted the subservient treatment of blacks. Surprisingly, challenges from Mississippi’s college basketball courts brought into question the validity of the Closed Society and its unwritten law, a gentleman’s agreement that prevented college teams in the Magnolia State from playing against integrated foes. Mississippi State University was at the forefront of the battle for equality in the state with the ... More

Keywords: Mississippi State University, Basketball, Unwritten law, Jimmie McDowell, Civil Rights Movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808202
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason A. Peterson, author
Charleston Southern University