Monday April 6 | The Radical Roots of Civil Rights

April 3, 2009 at 9:11 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

We’ll discuss the Civil Rights movement and its beginnings across the country and right here in the Charlotte region. We’ll discuss the battles over segregation in the post World War I era, the role Communism played in the early Civil Rights movement and we’ll also take a look at Nazi Germany through the eyes of African Americans in the Civil Rights movement.
Glenda Gilmore – Professor of History, Yale University and Author, Defying Dixie

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  1. Dr. Gilmore

    Raised in the Midwest, I have lived in the south since 2000. This is not the first time I have lived in North Carolina. So, I feel comfortable with my observations as a long term resident. One of my observations about the south has left me with the conclusion that the civil war never ended. The resistance has never ended to northern idealism. When you look at the state support systems in place in North and South Carolina they show evidence of racially covert social sabotage, nepotism, racial favoritism, and corruption affecting the successful implementation of civil rights for persons of color. It appears that if you control the race of those who administer or governs for the state you control the race or group of those who will thrive from that administration.

    Is there some truth to this theory in part or whole? Thank you.


  2. Please comment on the role of Social Darwinism in seeding the rise of the Nazis in Europe. This was a pro-laissez faire capitalist ideology that permeated the Northern industrial elite as well as the Deep South. Hitler himself was a social darwinist. It marks the merging of economic elitists (wealthy capitalists) with racist elitism.

  3. Were the subsequent race relations changed in the Gastonia and Charlotte area following the communists effort?

    Were there any individuals impacted by those events that carried on race relations in the South or were driven to become leaders?

  4. Great show this morning. Fabulous information. Can’t wait to read her books. I really want to attend the presentation tonight.

  5. great show, enjoyed the perspective and the more informed view of racism in the south.

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