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Freedom's Main LineThe Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides$
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Derek Charles Catsam

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125114

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125114.001.0001

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Mississippi

Mississippi

“That Irreducible Citadel of Southernism”

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(p.238) (p.239) Chapter 10 Mississippi
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Freedom's Main Line
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DEREK CHARLES CATSAM

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125114.003.0012

For those in North Carolina, Mississippi was considered as a civilization already on a decline while the Virginians perceived Mississippi to be a backwards culture in which the ruling class was unskilled and did not give full attention to their duties. However, other Southerners viewed Mississippi to represent a different class in itself after the crimes and the racist incidences that took place there. The state resisted as it considered the decision of the Brown case to be null and void. This chapter looks into how Governor James P. Coleman initiated the “State Sovereignty Commission” to offset the state's reputation for racial atrocity.

Keywords:   racial atrocity, James P. Coleman, State Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi, Brown

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