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Crossing the LineWomen's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II$
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Cherisse Jones-Branch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049250

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049250.001.0001

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“The Lord Requires Justice of Us”

“The Lord Requires Justice of Us”

Civil Rights Activism in World War II South Carolina

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(p.9) 1 “The Lord Requires Justice of Us”
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Crossing the Line
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Cherisse Jones-Branch

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049250.003.0002

Chapter 1 examines the racial activism of black and white South Carolinians during the World War II years as they mobilized around such issues as political participation, education, and racial violence and combated racial injustice through a wide variety of professional, religious, and civic organizations. However, these years prove that few black and white women worked together, although they possessed similar ideas about racial and social reform. Many white women supported segregation, but their organizations responded to the liberal rhetoric of the World War II years by enlightening whites about racial injustices in South Carolina. Black women also used this liberal rhetoric to push for the equalization of teachers’ salaries and voting rights for African Americans.

Keywords:   World War II, Women, Education, voting rights, women’s organizations, interracial activism

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