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Challenge and ChangeRight-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation$
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June Melby Benowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061221.001.0001

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Right-Wing Women and Desegregation of the Public Schools

Right-Wing Women and Desegregation of the Public Schools

(p.114) 3 Right-Wing Women and Desegregation of the Public Schools
Challenge and Change

June Melby Benowitz

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on right-wing women’s racism and opposition to the civil rights movement, particularly as it pertained to school desegregation. Thousands of right-wing women in both the South and the North openly revealed their racism and were wholehearted participants in crusades against school desegregation. Rightist women were often in the forefront of anti-school busing campaigns. While white Southern women often focused on the Southern tradition of separation of the races in their arguments against school desegregation, many Christian women from regions throughout the country argued that God wanted the races to remain segregated. The baby boom generation, however, was revealing itself to be more agreeable to racial mixing.

Keywords:   Right-wing women, Racism, School desegregation, Anti-integration, Anti-busing, Southern tradition, God, Baby boom generation

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