Defense Date

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

John Kneebone

Abstract

This thesis explores the municipal politics and race relations in Birmingham, Alabama, from October 1963 to November 1979. While Birmingham is a centerpiece of the traditional Civil Rights Movement for its staging of the Bull Connor and Martin Luther King, Jr., confrontation in 1963, there has been little examination of the continuing struggles between the black and white communities in the years after the media spotlight. Of particular concern are the battles between the black community, white power structure, and the city’s police department over black policemen, professionalization and modernization, and police brutality. The changing role and tactics of black leadership in the city is also a major interest.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

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Date of Submission

August 2012

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History Commons

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