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Civil Rights in the Gateway to the SouthLouisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980$
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Tracy E. K'Meyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125398

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125398.001.0001

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Gateway to the South

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Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Tracy E. K’Meyer

University Press of Kentucky

This section explores the story of civil rights in Louisville which illuminates how the city's location on the edge of the South, or as Louisvillians often put it, as a “gateway” between regions, shaped the local movement. It notes that because the history of the struggle for racial equality in this border city contains many parts of the stories of other regions, it provides new ways of looking at the movement as a whole. It further notes that historians and local commentators have called Louisville a gateway between North and South not only because of its location on the banks of the Ohio River, a traditional demarcation between the regions, but also because of its mixed economy, population, and regional identity.

Keywords:   civil rights, Louisville, South, Louisvillians, gateway, racial equality, Ohio River, North

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