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Joe T. Patterson and the White South's DilemmaEvolving Resistance to Black Advancement$
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Robert E., Jr. Luckett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802699

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802699.001.0001

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Fissures in the Segregationist Fold

Fissures in the Segregationist Fold

(p.51) Chapter 3 Fissures in the Segregationist Fold
Joe T. Patterson and the White South's Dilemma

Robert E. Luckett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the discord that arose in the segregationist camp during the late 1950s as the civil rights movement forced the white South to figure out a new course of action, and the role played by Joe T. Patterson in this turn of events. It first considers how both white hard-line resistance and the black freedom struggle intensified after the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education in Mississippi. It then discusses the debate among Jim Crow adherents, including Patterson himself, over methods for opposing black advancement while remaining steadfast in their purpose: the maintenance of white supremacy. It also explores Patterson's involvement in the debate over the Civil Rights Act of 1957, in the case Goldsby v. Harpole involving Robert Lee Goldsby, and in the lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice against the Macon County Board of Registrars in Alabama. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Patterson's conflict with the Sovereignty Commission.

Keywords:   segregation, civil rights movement, Joe T. Patterson, Mississippi, Jim Crow, Civil Rights Act 1957, Goldsby v. Harpole, lawsuit, Alabama, Sovereignty Commission

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