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February Forum: CANCELLED

We are very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel this month’s Forum due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope to be able to run this Forum later in the year. We apologise for any disappointment this might cause.

8th February @ 6:15 pm 7:30 pm

‘The Challenges of Researching the Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement’

Presented by Dr Bradley Phipps


This is an online Vaughan Open Research Forum.

A photo depicting a citizens council meeting in New Orleans, 1960. It consists of large audience in rows with a group of white men standing in front carrying banners including one saying 'Save Segregation'
15 Nov 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA — At a meeting of the White Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans – a body formed in opposition to the idea of school desegregation – some members stand, wave Confederate flags and one holds a sign threatening the Federal judge, school board president, and mayor with deportation to Cuba. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

About the February Forum

The US civil rights movement has been the focus of a good deal of historical inquiry. Less-studied, however, has been the ‘Massive Resistance’ to the movement, which sought to thwart racial integration and prevent civil rights for African Americans.

This talk will reflect on the challenges of researching the opposition to the civil rights movement. Amongst these are the difficulty of establishing the facts about the often-secretive activities of segregationists; the limited sources available; and the reticence of segregationists to give interviews or provide material to those studying this aspect of history. Despite its challenges, researching this part of history is important, not only to provide important context to studies of the civil rights movement, but also because the legacy of the racist opposition to the civil rights movement continues to shape American politics today.

About the presenter

Bradley Phipps is a historian of the modern United States, focusing on backlash politics and the opposition to the civil rights movement. He completed his PhD at the University of Leicester, and is now a Researcher at the Learning and Work Institute, working on research projects related to education, skills, and employment.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues.

February Forum: CANCELLED

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