This chapter asserts that conservative resistance to racial change was already entrenched before 1954. It claims that moderate southern politicians were too fearful of an electoral backlash to formulate a strategy to promote gradual racial reform once the Supreme Court had issued its ruling. It implies that massive resistance only became inevitable because of the timidity and fatalism of liberal leaders.
|Title of host publication||Massive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||264|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|