Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movements
Roefs, Wim, Journalism History
Polsgrove, Carol. Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2001. 296 pp. $26.95.
Carol Polsgrove tells a compelling story of how several dozen intellectuals responded in the 1950s and 1960s to African-American demands for immediate racial equality and the South's often violent resistance to it. Most liberal white intellectuals, she suggests, ended up supporting a "gradual" approach to Civil Rights and, as such, skirted their political responsibility.
Polsgrove writes well. Using private correspondence, interviews, and writings by and about her main characters, she moves the narrative along briskly. She tells of cautious …
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Publication information: Article title: Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movements. Contributors: Roefs, Wim - Author. Journal title: Journalism History. Volume: 27. Issue: 4 Publication date: Winter 2002. Page number: 190. © Journalism History Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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