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Joe T. Patterson and the White South's Dilemma: Evolving Resistance to Black Advancement

Robert E., Jr. Luckett


As Mississippi's attorney general from 1956 to 1969, Joe T. Patterson led the legal defense for Jim Crow in the state. He was inaugurated for his first term two months before the launch of the Sovereignty Commission. Patterson supported the organization's mission from the start and served as an ex-officio leader on its board for the rest of his life. He was also a card-carrying member of the segregationist Citizens' Council. Few ever doubted his Jim Crow credentials. That is until September 1962 and the integration of the University of Mississippi by James Meredith. Patterson stepped out of hi ... More

Keywords: segregation, Joe T. Patterson, Jim Crow, University of Mississippi, James Meredith, white southerners, white power, Sovereignty Commission, desegregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781496802699
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E., Jr. Luckett, author
Jackson State University