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Kneel In: Civil Rights, Sensibilities, and the Pastoral Work of Secular Historians (Part I)

Jason Sokol’s There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975 (NY: Vintage Books, 2007) is a study of white southerners’ shifting attitudes toward changes that the civil rights movement produced or portended in their everyday lives. Through an insightful, intellectually sympathetic (as opposed to ideologically sympathetic) reading of a variety of sources — contemporary newspapers, letters to the editor, long-form  journalistic reportage from the era, news interviews of whites during the civil rights movement, and oral histories, and the like — Sokol ably portrays the experience of white southerners whose once-stable and coherent “worldview,” their Read more