The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1990s

By Mark K. Bauman; Berkley Kalin | Go to book overview

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THE HEYDAY

This section juxtaposes an initial essay that questions the motivation, commitment, and involvement of Jews--rabbis in particular--in the modern civil rights movement with a series of case studies that document widespread, albeit varied, participation with roots deep in Jewish tradition and historical experience.

Under what pressures did the rabbis work? What were their relationships to their congregants, other clergy, and members of the general community? What factors in their backgrounds, experiences, and personalities influenced their choices? How did their thoughts and actions compare with those of others in their communities and elsewhere? What were their survival mechanisms? Can an individual's impact be measured? By what standards can people decades later evaluate? With such extensive variation, can one really speak of "the South"? These are but some of the questions alluded to here that require continued study.

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