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Race, reason, and massive resistance : the diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1959 /
edited by James R. Sweeney.
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Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, c2008.
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xi, 302 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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0820330256 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780820330259 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, c2008.
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0820330256 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780820330259 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Brown to Brown II : May 17, 1954-May 31, 1955 -- Preparing the Gray Commission report : June 1, 1955-November 11, 1955 -- Convention campaign : November 12, 1955-January 9, 1956 -- Interposition and delay : January 10, 1956-March 4, 1956 -- Convention and aftermath : March 5, 1956-June 18, 1956 -- The rise of massive resistance : June 21, 1956-August 24, 1956 -- A very special session : August 27, 1956-October 2, 1956 -- Virginia politics and the NAACP cases : October 6, 1956-June 29, 1957 -- The courts close in : July 5, 1957-May 21, 1958 -- The Commission on Constitutional Government : June 8, 1958-September 10, 1958 -- Schools close : September 15, 1958-January 17, 1959 -- The collapse of massive resistance and its consequences : January 19, 1959-June 9, 1959.
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6394363
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-292) and index.
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"Thanks to Sweeney's meticulous research and editing, readers now have a window into the grand strategy of segregation's defenders. David Mays tried to lead Virginiaand the Southwith a keen legal mind and uncommon realism. Though he viewed some limited forms of desegregation as inevitable, he recognized the need of elected politicians to champion unrealistic schemes. Meanwhile, he strove to delay desegregation and to limit its extentpartly because he shared the racism of his segregationist comrades. But his struggles with those comrades may make readers wonder how decisiveor helpfulracism was in their cause. Before the 1960s even began, Mays appeared better prepared than most of his allies or enemies for a long war of attrition. Historical understanding of the unfinished business of civil rights will depend in large measure upon how one defines the issuesas Mays defined them, or as the simpler, more public spokesmen for the white South defined them."--David L. Chappell, author of A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow
"There are a limited number of accessible primary source materials for students interested in pursuing massive resistance in detail.Race, Reason and Massive Resistance, will therefore serve an important purpose. The diary is full of insights and offers an intimate assessment of some of the key personalities and political strategies of the massive resistance movement."--Clive Webb, editor ofMassive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction
"There are a limited number of accessible primary source materials for students interested in pursuing massive resistance in detail. Race, Reason and Massive Resistance , will therefore serve an important purpose. The diary is full of insights and offers an intimate assessment of some of the key personalities and political strategies of the massive resistance movement."--Clive Webb, editor of Massive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction
"Thanks to Sweeney's meticulous research and editing, readers now have a window into the grand strategy of segregation's defenders. David Mays tried to lead Virginiaand the Southwith a keen legal mind and uncommon realism. Though he viewed some limited forms of desegregation as inevitable, he recognized the need of elected politicians to champion unrealistic schemes. Meanwhile, he strove to delay desegregation and to limit its extentpartly because he shared the racism of his segregationist comrades. But his struggles with those comrades may make readers wonder how decisiveor helpfulracism was in their cause. Before the 1960s even began, Mays appeared better prepared than most of his allies or enemies for a long war of attrition. Historical understanding of the unfinished business of civil rights will depend in large measure upon how one defines the issuesas Mays defined them, or as the simpler, more public spokesmen for the white South defined them."--David L. Chappell, author ofA Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow
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These private writings by a prominent white southern lawyer offer insight into his state's embrace of massive white resistance following the 1954Brown v. Board of Educationruling. David J. Mays of Richmond, Virginia, was a highly regarded attorney, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a member of his city's political and social elite. He was also a diarist for most of his adult life. This volume comprises diary excerpts from the years 1954 to 1959. For much of this time Mays was counsel to the commission, chaired by state senator Garland Gray, that was charged with formulating Virginia's response to federal mandates concerning the integration of public schools. Later, Mays was involved in litigation triggered by that response.Mays chronicled the state's bitter and divisive shift away from the Gray Commission's proposal that school integration questions be settled at the local level. Instead, Virginia's arch-segregationists, led by U.S. senator Harry F. Byrd, championed a monolithic defiance of integration at the highest state and federal levels. Many leading Virginians of the time appear in Mays's diary, along with details of their roles in the battle against desegregation as it was fought in the media, courts, polls, and government back rooms.Mays's own racial attitudes were hardly progressive; yet his temperament and legal training put a relatively moderate public face on them. As James R. Sweeney notes, Mays's differences with extremists were about means more than ends--about "not the morality of Jim Crow but the best tactics for defending it."
Main Description
These private writings by a prominent white southern lawyer offer insight into his state's embrace of massive white resistance following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. David J. Mays of Richmond, Virginia, was a highly regarded attorney, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a member of his city's political and social elite. He was also a diarist for most of his adult life. This volume comprises diary excerpts from the years 1954 to 1959. For much of this time Mays was counsel to the commission, chaired by state senator Garland Gray, that was charged with formulating Virginia's response to federal mandates concerning the integration of public schools. Later, Mays was involved in litigation triggered by that response. Mays chronicled the state's bitter and divisive shift away from the Gray Commission's proposal that school integration questions be settled at the local level. Instead, Virginia's arch-segregationists, led by U.S. senator Harry F. Byrd, championed a monolithic defiance of integration at the highest state and federal levels. Many leading Virginians of the time appear in Mays's diary, along with details of their roles in the battle against desegregation as it was fought in the media, courts, polls, and government back rooms. Mays's own racial attitudes were hardly progressive; yet his temperament and legal training put a relatively moderate public face on them. As James R. Sweeney notes, Mays's differences with extremists were about means more than ends--about "not the morality of Jim Crow but the best tactics for defending it."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Note on Editingp. 23
Brown to Brown II: May 17, 1954-May 31, 1955p. 25
Preparing the Gray Commission Report: June 1, 1955-November 11, 1955p. 45
Convention Campaign: November 12, 1955-January 9, 1956p. 78
Interposition and Delay: January 10, 1956-March 4, 1956p. 95
Convention and Aftermath: March 5, 1956-June 18, 1956p. 116
The Rise of Massive Resistance: June 21, 1956-August 24, 1956p. 139
A Very Special Session: August 27, 1956-October 2, 1956p. 160
Virginia Politics and the NAACP Cases: October 6, 1956-June 29, 1957p. 176
The Courts Close In: July 5, 1957-May 21, 1958p. 194
The Commission on Constitutional Government: June 8, 1958-September 10, 1958p. 215
Schools Close: September 15, 1958-January 17, 1959p. 230
The Collapse of Massive Resistance and Its Consequences: January 19, 1959-June 9, 1959p. 253
Epiloguep. 278
Major Figures in the Mays Diary, 1954-1959p. 283
The Virginia Commission on Public Educationp. 285
Interposition Resolutionp. 286
Bibliographical Essayp. 289
Indexp. 293
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