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Race, reason, and massive resistance; the diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1959.


Race, reason, and massive resistance; the diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1959.

Mays, David John. Ed. by James R. Sweeney.

U. of Georgia Press


302 pages



Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South


By publishing his personal diary of the five years following the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, attorney David J. Mays (through the hard work of editor James R. Sweeney) was able to document the Commonwealth of Virginia's systematic resistance to the landmark legal decision, and offer a glimpse of what it was like to be a prominent white Southern lawyer at the time. Mays, who was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, wrote journal entries that were surprisingly accessible and free from excessive legal references, concentrating instead of the tensions and emotions of those who found themselves embroiled in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement.

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